- such as to repay one's time, attention, interest, work, trouble, etc.: a worthwhile book.
Origin of worthwhile
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valuable, rewarding, beneficial.
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Examples from the Web for worthwhile
The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known.Michael Sam, the First Openly Gay NFL Draftee, Has Earned the Right to Play Ball
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Dr. Saltz also believes confronting the uncomfortable realities of your past can be worthwhile.Should You Confront Your Old Bully?
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If these are the kinds of questions that the select committee examines, maybe it will be a worthwhile exercise.My Benghazi Scandal
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This was a major obstacle to getting even the most worthwhile projects past the planning stages.Inside the Port Authority, the Corrupt Powerhouse Behind Christie’s Bridgegate Scandal
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This is that rare book which is at once worthwhile and great fun.Britain’s Last Great King: The Epic Life and Indulgences of Edward VII
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If you want a thing badly enough and the thing is worthwhile, then you must go after it.Small World
William F. Nolan
Nothing's worthwhile, nothing's good enough, that's mere sense.Victory
He'd convinced me that the case was not only going to be worthwhile, but fun....Or Your Money Back
Gordon Randall Garrett
The others could not see how deep he had gone, so it might be worthwhile to try and rescue him.A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I obtained the list and could insert it here were it worthwhile to do so.
- sufficiently important, rewarding, or valuable to justify time or effort spent
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Word Origin and History for worthwhile
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