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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for valuables
  • 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.
  • Leave behind valuables such as jewelry, watches and any money or credit cards you don't plan to use on your trip.
  • Guard your wallet, purse, and other valuables as you would when traveling in any big city.
  • Avoid unnecessary display or talk about your valuables.
  • Students are urged not to leave valuables in the dormitory room or in their off-Center housing room.
  • If the robber wants your valuables, chances are he/she will get them.
  • Keep a detailed, up-to-date record of your valuables.
British Dictionary definitions for valuables


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 valuables

see 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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