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Words nearby sentimental value
What does sentimental value mean?
Sentimental value is value based on associations with fond memories or loved ones.
Sentimental value is personal—it’s entirely based on your connection with the item. A thing might have sentimental value to you because it was given to you by someone you love or because you acquired it at an important time in your life.
Things with sentimental value may or may not have monetary value. The term sentimental value is perhaps most commonly used to contrast with monetary value, as in This pen isn’t worth anything, but it has a lot of sentimental value to me.
Even if something does have a lot of monetary value, it’s sentimental value usually outweighs it, as in This car is worth $1 million, but it’s sentimental value is far greater—I fixed it up with my mom and I wouldn’t sell it for any amount.
Example: I keep all of my childhood toys due to their sentimental value—they’re not collector’s items or anything.
Where does sentimental value come from?
The term sentimental value has been used since at least the late 1800s. The word sentiment is first recorded in the 1300s and comes from the Latin verb sentī(re), meaning “to feel.”
The sentimental value of a thing is based on how you feel about it, or how it makes you feel. Holding your first stuffed animal might make you feel nostalgic for your childhood. Using the same tools that your grandfather used to use might bring back fond memories of him. These are the kinds of feelings that give things sentimental value and make you want to keep them.
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How is sentimental value used in real life?
Sentimental value is used in the context of people’s prized possessions—not the ones that are worth the most, but the ones that mean the most to them.
Have you ever sold anything that held a lot of sentimental value? Was it hard? Do you miss it?
— Jazz Santos (@AllThatJazzS) November 18, 2020
Sentimental value is impossible to quantify. Which is just as well because it turns out our GameCube collection isn't worth much… https://t.co/EhuxZ9MAFr #TalkingPoint #Features #Retro pic.twitter.com/9pjUJVwMwW
— Nintendo Life (@nintendolife) January 31, 2020
I have too many notebooks that I consider too pretty, or hold significant sentimental value, to use.
— Enjy AB 🏳 (@NG_Ashour) November 19, 2020
Try using sentimental value!
Which of the following items is likely to have sentimental value to a person?
A. their father’s fishing pole
B. a card their daughter made them
C. the first necklace they ever bought
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for sentimental value
But there's a ton of value for me in my background and my history, and losing it would be a shame.
There is reference after reference to the “black community,” “black worth ethic,” and adherence to the “black value system.”
As Randy notes, “Maybe there is a value in shining a light on this and asking the questions.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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For me and some of my students, 2014 was the year of rediscovering old resources whose value is not exhausted yet.
Other things being equal, the volume of voice used measures the value that the mind puts upon the thought.
Of course the expression of this value is modified and characterized by the nature of the thing spoken of.
Was a pupil of Caspar Netscher of Heidelberg, whose little pictures are of fabulous value.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
He must trust to his human merits, and not miracles, for his Sonship is of no value in this conflict.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
The living (value £250) is in the gift of trustees, and is now held by the Rev. M. Parker, Vicar.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell