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pre•cious



Pronunciation: (presh'us), [key]
adj.
1. of high price or great value; very valuable or costly: precious metals.
2. highly esteemed for some spiritual, nonmaterial, or moral quality: precious memories.
3. dear; beloved: a precious child.
4. affectedly or excessively delicate, refined, or nice: precious manners.
5. flagrant; gross: a precious fool.

n.
a dearly beloved person; darling.

adv.
extremely; very: She wastes precious little time.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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