[val-yoo-uh-buhl, -yuh-buhl]
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.

1580–90; value (v.) + -able

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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valuable (ˈvæljʊəbəl)
1.  having considerable monetary worth
2.  of considerable importance or quality: a valuable friend; valuable information
3.  able to be valued
4.  (usually plural) a valuable article of personal property, esp jewellery

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Word Origin & History

1580s, from value + -able. As a noun, "a valuable thing," from 1775 (in modern use often in plural).
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Example sentences
The substance that made them so valuable to whalers is now understood to play
  an important role in communication.
All that makes existence valuable to any one, depends on the enforcement of
  restraints upon the actions of other people.
Expressions so redolent of the laboratory are as well left alone unless the
  metaphor they suggest is really valuable.
The mystical experience is supposed to be valuable because it is a pleasant
  state of unique intensity.
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