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    priceless, invaluable - meaining

    What do 'priceless' and 'invaluable' mean. In dictionary, they're both described as very positive such as: very useful, cannot be replaced etc. My confusion probably comes from my mother tongue when we use literal translations of these words for negatives i.e. we have valuable + negative prefix in = invaluable must therefore mean sth that is not valuable.
    Can you explain why there is no ambiguity possible. Yet, I understand that questioning two great online dictionaries may seem as a waste time, but I just find it interesting that there is a standard applied on other words (- negative prefix + adjective = negation of the adjective) and suddenly that does not work.

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    Re: priceless, invaluable - meaining

    If something is invaluable, its value is above calculation. It cannot be valued - any valuation would be too low. Its value is inestimable, incalculable.

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    Re: priceless, invaluable - meaining

    And it's never a waste of time to consult more than one dictionary.

    I've just realized that the strangely-behaving word is not invaluable (='can't be valued') but valuable (which doesn't mean 'capable of being valued' as one might expect. Something might be capable of being valued at $0.01, but it's certainly not valuable.

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