[ val-yoo-uh-buhl, -yuh-buhl ]
/ ˈvæl yu ə bəl, -yə bəl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. valproate,
  2. valproic acid,
  3. valsalva,
  4. valsalva maneuver,
  5. valse,
  6. valuables,
  7. valuate,
  8. valuation,
  9. valuator,
  10. value

Origin of valuable

1580–90; value (v.) + -able

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.

1–3. worthless.

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for valuably

  • Lady Swiggs has not a doubt that light might be valuably reflected over this heathen world.

    An Outcast|F. Colburn Adams
  • Mr. Eastman served the college most valuably for several years at this period as its secretary.

  • The Public Schools are very numerous, and so well supported as to render them valuably and most extensively useful.

  • Vancouver Island is a heavily and valuably timbered country.

British Dictionary definitions for valuably


/ (ˈvæljʊəbəl) /


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
Derived Formsvaluableness, nounvaluably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for valuably



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper