Definition of preciousness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəsnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃəsnəs//
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  1. 1the great personal value of something the preciousness of an old friendship
  2. 2the value and importance of something that you do not want to waste I feel a sense of the preciousness of every moment in my life.
  3. 3(disapproving) great formality and lack of naturalness in what somebody says and does His writings reveal an unattractive preciousness of style. see also preciosity