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valuable

[val-yoo-uh-buh l, -yuh-buh l] /ˈvæl yu ə bəl, -yə bəl/
adjective
1.
having considerable monetary worth; costing or bringing a high price:
a valuable painting; a valuable crop.
2.
having qualities worthy of respect, admiration, or esteem:
a valuable friend.
3.
of considerable use, service, or importance:
valuable information.
noun
4.
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
1580-1590
1580-90; value (v.) + -able
Related forms
valuableness, noun
valuably, adverb
nonvaluable, adjective
overvaluable, adjective
overvaluableness, noun
overvaluably, adverb
unvaluable, adjective
unvaluably, adverb
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1–3. worthless.
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  • The Public Schools are very numerous, and so well supported as to render them valuably and most extensively useful.

  • Vancouver Island is a heavily and valuably timbered country.

    On Canada's Frontier Julian Ralph
  • Mr. Eastman served the college most valuably for several years at this period as its secretary.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • Lady Swiggs has not a doubt that light might be valuably reflected over this heathen world.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
British Dictionary definitions for valuably

valuable

/ˈvæljʊəbəl/
adjective
1.
having considerable monetary worth
2.
of considerable importance or quality: a valuable friend, valuable information
3.
able to be valued
noun
4.
(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 valuably

valuable

adj.

1580s, from value (v.) + -able. As a noun, "a valuable thing," from 1775 (in modern use often in plural).

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