[val-yoo-uh-buh l, -yuh-buh l]
- having considerable monetary worth; costing or bringing a high price: a valuable painting; a valuable crop.
- having qualities worthy of respect, admiration, or esteem: a valuable friend.
- of considerable use, service, or importance: valuable information.
- 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
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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.
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Examples from the Web for valuables
Abdul kept him and other members of the mob at bay by throwing his valuables out of his window onto the street.Burma’s Rohingya Muslims Targeted by Buddhist Mob Violence
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They left no notes, though they secretly sent some valuables to their children.Madoffs Tell All on '60 Minutes'
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He gets very rich because people bring in their valuables in hopes of leaving.When Crime History Is Stranger Than Fiction
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Some threw their silver and pewter ware and other valuables into wells.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
And the wagons containing their valuables had gone on ahead?The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
It irritated him that in such a moment she should give so much thought to her valuables.The Trampling of the Lilies
All the valuables and most of the simple furniture had been saved.The Harbor of Doubt
With scarce a glance at the valuables, the thief thrust them into his pocket.The White Lie
William Le Queux
- having considerable monetary worth
- of considerable importance or qualitya valuable friend; valuable information
- able to be valued
- (usually plural) a valuable article of personal property, esp jewellery
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Word Origin and History for valuables
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