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worthwhile

[wurth-hwahyl, -wahyl] /ˈwɜrθˈʰwaɪl, -ˈwaɪl/
adjective
1.
such as to repay one's time, attention, interest, work, trouble, etc.:
a worthwhile book.
Origin of worthwhile
1865-1870
1865-70; worth1 + while
Related forms
worthwhileness, noun
Synonyms
valuable, rewarding, beneficial.
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  • Might not the young men of these days, surrounded by every sort of help, make similar earnest and worthwhile contributions?

    James Cutbush Edgar F. Smith
  • If you want a thing badly enough and the thing is worthwhile, then you must go after it.

    Small World William F. Nolan
  • Oh, it is worthwhile to go through the trouble of learning to read fifty times over, to obtain the advantage of reading the Bible.

    The Seven Ages of Man Ralph Bergengren
  • He'd convinced me that the case was not only going to be worthwhile, but fun.

    ...Or Your Money Back Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The main reward of any job is the knowledge that worthwhile work has been accomplished.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense
British Dictionary definitions for worthwhile

worthwhile

/ˌwɜːθˈwaɪl/
adjective
1.
sufficiently important, rewarding, or valuable to justify time or effort spent
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Word Origin and History for worthwhile
adj.

1884, from worth (adj.) + while. Phrase worth the while is attested from late 14c.

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