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worthwhile

[wurth-hwahyl, -wahyl] /ˈwɜrθˈʰwaɪl, -ˈwaɪl/
adjective
1.
such as to repay one's time, attention, interest, work, trouble, etc.:
a worthwhile book.
Origin of worthwhile
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70; worth1 + while
Related forms
worthwhileness, noun
Synonyms
valuable, rewarding, beneficial.
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  • Their artistry was high, but he denied the worthwhileness of artistry when divorced from humanness.

    Martin Eden Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for worthwhileness

worthwhile

/ˌwɜːθˈwaɪl/
adjective
1.
sufficiently important, rewarding, or valuable to justify time or effort spent
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Word Origin and History for worthwhileness

worthwhile

adj.

1884, from worth (adj.) + while. Phrase worth the while is attested from late 14c.

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