absolutely valuable

  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    It sounds a bit strange to me: I don't think I've ever seen "absolutely valuable" used like that. I suppose "absolutely invaluable" might work there instead.


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    British English (Sussex)
    Google Ngram Viewer produces some examples, some from native English speakers, and most from the fields of philosophy and religion:

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    This is from Problems of Moral Philosophy, by Paul W. Taylor:
    This, be it noted, is not the same as to say that one value is definable only by its relation to another value, which may or may not be the case. There is nothing in the relational view which forbids a thing's being conceived as absolutely valuable; that is, regardless of the value of anything else.
    Problems of moral philosophy (page 16)
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