Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having considerable monetary or material value for use or exchange: a valuable diamond.
  • adj. Of great importance, use, or service: valuable information; valuable advice.
  • adj. Having admirable or esteemed qualities or characteristics: a valuable friend.
  • n. A personal possession, such as a piece of jewelry, having a relatively high monetary value. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having a great value.
  • n. a personal possession such as jewellery, of relatively great monetary value; — usually used in plural form.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having value or worth; possessing qualities which are useful and esteemed; precious; costly
  • adj. Worthy; estimable; deserving esteem
  • n. A precious possession; a thing of value, especially a small thing, as an article of jewelry; -- used mostly in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being valued; capable of having the value measured or estimated.
  • Of great value or price; having financial worth; representing a large market value: as, a valuable horse; valuable land; a valuable house.
  • Of great moral worth, utility, or importance; precious; worthy; estimable; deserving esteem: as, a valuable friend; a valuable companion.
  • n. A thing, especially a small thing, of value; a choice article of personal property; any piece of precious merchandise, usually of small bulk: generally in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange
  • n. something of value
  • adj. having worth or merit or value

Etymologies

value +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And I am not strictly opposed to a player on a non-contender winning the award, which has happened on occasion think Alex Rodriguez of the last-place Rangers in 2003 although I admit that's a tougher one for me since the word valuable suggests that the players' achievements did not go for naught and actually helped a team play into October.

    SI.com

  • The criteria for the major leagues' MVP awards, voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, are fluid, depending largely on a voter's definition of the word "valuable."

    The MVP Dream Isn't Dead Just Yet

  • The U.S. military says he was seized two weeks ago and has been providing what they describe as valuable information about the group's inter-workings.

    CNN Transcript Jul 18, 2007

  • They say it takes away from what they described as valuable work they could be doing in their home districts.

    CNN Transcript Feb 7, 2007

  • "I must confess," says Lien Chi Altangi, "a curiosity to know what you call a valuable stock, which can only bear a winter perusal."

    Social relations in our Southern States,

  • "The word 'valuable' is the whole thing," Johnson said.

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • Judge Judy then proceeded to explain what she called a valuable life lesson.

    Nashville Is Talking

  • And how valuable is a degree in Post-Colonial Studies compared to one in Sports Management or General Studies?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Against the NCAA Cartel

  • Scratch the surface of most successful entrepreneurs, and you'll find at least one significant "failure" that they've used to gain valuable experience.

    Think like an entrepreneur

  • After a sit-down with Polian and Dungy's designated successor, Jim Caldwell, Manning said he felt comfortable that Moore and Mudd would return in valuable roles for training camp.

    Manning's mantra for '09 Colts: 'You better be getting better'

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