An ‘Invaluable’ Lesson

priceless means “of value beyond estimate”, making the word almost synonymous with great value. This is because value as a verb can mean both “award or esteem” (“I appreciate our friendship”) and also mean “estimate or designate the monetary value of” (“We I rate the painting at $1,000”). This is the second use we found at the root of pricelessi.e. its importance or value is so great that it cannot be calculated, close in meaning to priceless.

We are about to give you a valuable lesson on how to use it. One could even say that it is so valuable that it priceless.

How is that possible?

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Would you be pleased to know the difference between ‘valid’ and ‘worthless’? priceless.

Is this one of those deals flammable And flammablewhere two words mean the same thing even though they look like they should be opposites, because while the prefix in- usually means “no”, in this case it means something else?

Answer: yes and no. Great value And priceless means the same thing, but IN- IN priceless don’t play any tricks. It simply means “no.”

Valuable versus worthless

we think about great value as meaning “have a lot of value,” as in “jewelry of value” or “learned a valuable lesson.”

pricelessotherwise, means “of a value beyond the estimate.” Much as pricelessit describes something of such great value that it cannot be quantified:

Great mentors had a priceless influenced my career success to date. These mentors didn’t just teach me what was important (both personally and professionally); they have also provided meaningful opportunities for growth. Chris Myers, Forbes.comJune 9, 2017

Whether she’s grinning as she makes her way through another grueling race with boring English girl Gemma (Cecily Strong), lovingly making her boys some exam day snacks. fighting, or playing some variation of the less interesting buddy type, Bayer has excellent grounding abilities. scenes where she appeared in multiple appearances in the Highlights Weekend Update, making her a priceless SNL staples. Samantha Pitch, VultureMay 31, 2017

So she enrolled in business-oriented college courses in shorthand, typing, and precise writing, skills that would qualify her for a variety of jobs over the next two decades. priceless material for the novel, and perhaps helped shape her lucid, frugal style of prose. David lodge, New York Magazine of BooksAugust 19, 2010

I was there only a month or so but it was a priceless experience, demonstrating the casual way life often benefits writers: that month’s residence inspired a novel I later wrote, Sophie’s Choice. William Styron, This Silent Dust And Other Works1982

priceless sometimes followed by ARRIVE or IN:

In Ethiopia, a small, humped, short-horned cattle breed called the Sheko is a good milk producer, tolerant of extreme conditions and resistant to sleeping sickness.

Such adaptive traits are priceless not only for local farmers but also for commercial breeders in other parts of the world. Charles Sibert, national geographyJuly 2011

Even if I wasn’t shortlisted by SBC, I still found the experience helpful as I received some phenomenal feedback and tips from their program’s experienced experts and mentors . That is priceless in developing my ideas. My company has gone from strength to strength since then. Becky Downing, CNBC.comJune 12, 2017

Break “Priceless”

This meaning makes sense if you break down parts of priceless. While the verb value usually means “award or esteem” (as in “I value our friendship”), it can also mean “estimate or fix the monetary value of” or “appraisal”. or priceless.

This meaning of priceless dates back to the 16th century. On several occasions, priceless was actually documented to mean “worthless”, but such use is extremely rare and practically non-existent today.

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