[ val-yoo-uh-buhl, -yuh-buhl ]
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  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.

  1. of considerable use, service, or importance: valuable information.

  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.

Origin of valuable

First recorded in 1580–90; value (verb) + -able

synonym study For valuable

1, 3. Valuable, precious refer to that which has monetary 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.

Opposites for valuable

Other words from valuable

  • val·u·a·ble·ness, noun
  • val·u·a·bly, adverb
  • non·val·u·a·ble, adjective
  • o·ver·val·u·a·ble, adjective
  • o·ver·val·u·a·ble·ness, noun
  • o·ver·val·u·a·bly, adverb
  • un·val·u·a·ble, adjective
  • un·val·u·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use valuable in a sentence

  • Thus an unnecessary display of money or valuables, or leaving them where they would tempt thieves, may be negligence.

  • In many states by statute an innkeeper avoids liability for the valuables of his guest unless they are deposited with him.

  • All the schoolroom shutters were to be brought into the play-room, as well as all valuables from the desks.

    Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is frequently desired to have some handy place for storing valuables where there is but little chance of discovering them.

  • My arms had been taken from me, and my pockets rifled of all their valuables, including my watch.

British Dictionary definitions for valuable


/ (ˈvæljʊəbəl) /

  1. having considerable monetary worth

  2. of considerable importance or quality: a valuable friend; valuable information

  1. able to be valued

  1. (usually plural) a valuable article of personal property, esp jewellery

Derived forms of valuable

  • valuableness, noun
  • valuably, adverb

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