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adjective     precious pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    worth a lot of money

    a precious jewel

    historic houses with rare and precious contents

    1. a.
      loved or valued by someone

      a precious memory

      Her daughter is the most precious thing in the world to her.

    2. b.
      rare or very necessary and not to be wasted

      Human skills are the nation’s most precious resource.

      We’re wasting precious time sitting around here!

  2. 2
    [only before noun] spoken used for showing that you are angry with someone for caring too much about someone or something

    You and your precious husband did nothing for me.

  3. 3
    behaving as if something is more important or serious than it really is

    Pop stars used to be a lot less precious about advertising products.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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