val·u·a·ble (văly-ə-bəl, vălyə-)
1. Having considerable monetary or material value for use or exchange: a valuable diamond.
2. Of great importance, use, or service: valuable information; valuable advice.
3. Having admirable or esteemed qualities or characteristics: a valuable friend.
A personal possession, such as a piece of jewelry, having a relatively high monetary value: insured all of our valuables against theft.
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