[wurth-hwahyl, -wahyl]


such as to repay one's time, attention, interest, work, trouble, etc.: a worthwhile book.

Origin of worthwhile

First recorded in 1865–70; worth1 + while
Related formsworth·while·ness, noun

Synonyms for worthwhile

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Examples from the Web for worthwhileness

Historical Examples of worthwhileness

  • Their artistry was high, but he denied the worthwhileness of artistry when divorced from humanness.

    Martin Eden

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for worthwhileness



sufficiently important, rewarding, or valuable to justify time or effort spent
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Word Origin and History for worthwhileness



1884, from worth (adj.) + while. Phrase worth the while is attested from late 14c.

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