American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Impossible to estimate or compute: inestimable damage. See Synonyms at incalculable.
- adj. Of immeasurable value or worth; invaluable: "shared all the inestimable advantages of being wealthy, good-looking, confident and intelligent” ( Doris Kearns Goodwin).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not to be estimated or com puted; beyond measure.
- Of very great value or excellence: as, inestimable blessings.
- adj. Not able to be estimated; not able to be calculated, computed or comprehended, as because of great scale, degree or magnitude.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Incapable of being estimated or computed; especially, too valuable or excellent to be measured or fully appreciated; above all price.
- adj. beyond calculation or measure
- From French inestimable, from Latin inaestimābilis, from in ("un-”, “not") + aestimābilis ("estimable"). (Wiktionary)
“In closing, I'll return to our national creed, what Lincoln called the inestimable jewel of American history, and offer my respect for and urge my fellow Republicans to respect every human being's rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness as much as they cherish their own.”
“The duke's victory was certainly "inestimable" in its value to him, yet, in spite of the rigour enforced on this defeated people, they were not as crushed as they might have been had they submitted in”
“John accepted gratefully enough; but his heart was sore because, just before the row over that infernal word "inestimable," Caesar had asked John if he would like to occupy an attic in Eaton Square.”
“John accepted gratefully enough; but his heart was sore because, just before the row over that infernal word "inestimable," Cæsar had asked John if he would like to occupy an attic in Eaton Square.”
“Desmond said hurriedly, "Oh, 'inestimable'; but what does it matter?”
“The court says the value of intelligence-sharing with the US is "inestimable", but perhaps it is estimateable?”
“Usually I describe Politics Home as 'inestimable', but not this time boys - altogether too obvious.”
“And I was sort of non-plussed until I saw that you were able to use the word "inestimable" in a sentence.”
“John Cheever was inordinately fond of the word "inestimable": It shows up twice in the brief preface to”
“Burton, "we require no delay,"] [Footnote 419: Lit. "the lord (i.e. he) of the suit or claim" (sahibu 'd dewat).] [Footnote 420: Or "inestimable," lit. "might not be measured by (or appraised at) a price or value.”
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