Origin of inestimableOld French from Classical Latin inaestimabilis
The definition of inestimable is something that cannot be measured or calculated.
An example of inestimable is the total number of books in the world.
that cannot be estimated or measured; esp., too great or valuable to be properly measured or appreciated; invaluable
- Impossible to estimate or compute: inestimable damage. See Synonyms at incalculable.
- Of immeasurable value or worth; invaluable: “shared all the inestimable advantages of being wealthy, good-looking, confident and intelligent” ( Doris Kearns Goodwin )
From Middle French inestimable, from Latin inaestimābilis, from in (“un-”, “not”) + aestimābilis (“estimable”).
- They held it for over two hundred years, to their own inestimable advantage in every recurring war.
- It was his reckless drunkenness which ultimately ruined him in the estimation of Peter the Great, despite his previous inestimable services.
- For fifty-eight days Nadir Shah remained in Delhi, and when he left he carried with him a treasure in money amounting, at the lowest computation, to eight or nine millions sterling, besides jewels of inestimable value, and other property to the amount of several millions more.
- These explorations cover every branch of natural science and resulted in publications of inestimable scientific value.
- The principles outlined above constitute the foundations of our science; and although it may happen that experiments may be made with which they appear to be not in complete agreement, yet in general they constitute a body of working hypotheses of inestimable value.