[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 new idea is to throw something painful and damaging in a clerk's face, grab
  the valuables and run.
Don't carry a lot of cash and lock any valuables in your hotel's safe.
Pity or mercy come in the form of cash in return for valuables.
If there are valuables that can be cleaned, they'll start cleaning them and
  moving them out of the way.
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