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[in-es-tuh-muh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛs tə mə bəl/
incapable of being estimated or assessed.
too large or great to be estimated or appreciated:
The flood caused inestimable damage.
of incalculable value; valuable beyond measure; priceless:
jewels of inestimable worth.
Origin of inestimable
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin inaestimābilis. See in-3, estimable
Related forms
inestimability, inestimableness, noun
inestimably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Two years' experience convinces the writer of the inestimable value to consumptives of the open-air treatment.
  • All this is doing inestimable damage to an already impoverished economy.
  • He was of inestimable value to human freedom, empowerment and expression.
  • Moral and intellectual giant, his presence and loss are inestimable.
  • Schneider's contributions to climate change science and to public understanding of it are inestimable.
  • From an artistic standpoint the loss was inestimable.
  • His contributions to the human condition are inestimable.
  • All human life is held to be of equal and inestimable value.
  • Potential for inestimable damage to the national security.
  • Yet, despite the inestimable value of volunteers, laws exist that can make volunteer service a maze of legal obstacles.
British Dictionary definitions for inestimable


not able to be estimated; immeasurable
of immeasurable value
Derived Forms
inestimability, inestimableness, noun
inestimably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inestimable

late 14c., "beyond estimation," from Old French inestimable (14c.) or directly from Latin inaestimabilis, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + aestimabilis (see estimable). Meaning "too precious to set a value on, priceless" is attested by 1570s. Related: Inestimably.

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