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Adjective: precious  pre-shus
  1. Characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for
    "children are precious";
    - cherished, treasured, wanted
  2. Of high worth or cost
    "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones"
  3. Held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature
    "precious memories";
    - valued
  4. Obviously contrived to charm
    "an insufferably precious performance";
    - cute
Adverb: precious  pre-shus
  1. Very
    "there is precious little time left";
    - preciously

See also: artful, loved, valuable, worthy

Encyclopedia: Precious, Mark