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[val-yoo-uh-buh l, -yuh-buh l] /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.
Origin of valuable
1580-90; value (v.) + -able
Related forms
valuableness, noun
valuably, adverb
nonvaluable, adjective
overvaluable, adjective
overvaluableness, noun
overvaluably, adverb
unvaluable, adjective
unvaluably, adverb
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. Unabridged
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  • Mr. Hallock also gave me some valuable hints on cultivation.

    The Gladiolus Matthew Crawford
  • Since that time thousands have been added to this valuable collection.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The most valuable in providing hay are the medium red, alfalfa and alsike.

  • They will then prove not only valuable, but entirely unharmful.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • The dyer mixes his dyes for the coloring of tons of valuable silk and the artist paints under this artificial light.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
British Dictionary definitions for valuable


having considerable monetary worth
of considerable importance or quality: a valuable friend, valuable information
able to be valued
(usually pl) a valuable article of personal property, esp jewellery
Derived Forms
valuableness, noun
valuably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for valuable

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
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