Valuable vs Useful - What's the difference?

valuable | useful |


As adjectives the difference between valuable and useful

is that valuable is having a great value while useful is having a practical or beneficial use.

As a noun valuable

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

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

valuable

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Having a great value.
  • valuable gemstones
  • estimable; deserving esteem
  • a valuable''' friend; a '''valuable companion

    Synonyms

    * (l), (l)

    Antonyms

    * worthless

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • a personal possession such as jewellery, of relatively great monetary value; — usually used in plural form.
  • useful

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Having a practical or beneficial use.
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    Usage notes

    * Prepositions: useful'' is used in ''useful for '', ''useful for '' and ''useful to ''. The words ''useful to'' are also found in construction such as ''It is useful to do'', in which ''to marks an infinitive rather than being a preposition.

    Synonyms

    * noteful * serviceable * utilitarian

    Antonyms

    * unuseful * useless * harmful