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


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value +‎ -able


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