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valuable

[val-yoo-uh-buhl, -yuh-buhl]
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adjective
  1. having considerable monetary worth; costing or bringing a high price: a valuable painting; a valuable crop.
  2. having qualities worthy of respect, admiration, or esteem: a valuable friend.
  3. of considerable use, service, or importance: valuable information.
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noun
  1. Usually valuables. articles of considerable value, as of personal property, especially those of relatively small size: They locked their valuables in the hotel safe.
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Origin of valuable

1580–90; value (v.) + -able
Related formsval·u·a·ble·ness, nounval·u·a·bly, adverbnon·val·u·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·val·u·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·val·u·a·ble·ness, nouno·ver·val·u·a·bly, adverbun·val·u·a·ble, adjectiveun·val·u·a·bly, adverb

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1, 3. Valuable, precious refer to that which has pecuniary or other value. Valuable applies to whatever has value, but especially to what has considerable monetary value or special usefulness, rarity, etc.: a valuable watch. That which is precious has a very high intrinsic value or is very dear for its own sake, associations, or the like: a precious jewel, friendship.

Antonyms

1–3. worthless.
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valuable

adjective
  1. having considerable monetary worth
  2. of considerable importance or qualitya valuable friend; valuable information
  3. able to be valued
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noun
  1. (usually plural) a valuable article of personal property, esp jewellery
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Derived Formsvaluableness, nounvaluably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for valuable

adj.

1580s, from value (v.) + -able. As a noun, "a valuable thing," from 1775 (in modern use often in plural).

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