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1. Of high cost or worth; valuable: precious jewels.
2. Highly esteemed; cherished: precious moments with the new baby.
3. Dear; beloved: a friend who is precious to me.
4. Affectedly dainty or overrefined: precious mannerisms.
5. Informal Thoroughgoing; unmitigated: a precious mess.
One who is dear or beloved; a darling.
Used as an intensive: "He had precious little right to complain" (James Agee).
[Middle English, from Old French precios, from Latin pretiōsus, from pretium, price; see per- in Indo-European roots.]
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|Noun||1.||preciousness - the quality possessed by something with a great price or value|
expensiveness - the quality of being high-priced
|2.||preciousness - the positive quality of being precious and beyond value|
value - the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"
gold - something likened to the metal in brightness or preciousness or superiority etc.; "the child was as good as gold"; "she has a heart of gold"
|3.||preciousness - the quality of being fastidious or excessively refined|
affectedness - the quality of being false or artificial (as to impress others)