value

07:55 Oct 21, 2016
English language (monolingual) [Non-PRO]
Social Sciences - Philosophy / synonym
English term or phrase: value
What I'm looking for is a word that conveys the same general sense as the word 'value', but without the implied connection to quantitative ways of thinking and money.

In ethics, when people discuss 'value', the meaning is often very broad.

'He values his family very highly' - 'Security was a greater value than freedom' - 'A person must decide moral actions based on their values'

So what I'm looking for really is synonym for 'value' that has no monetary or quantitative associations, and basically means 'something you care about'.

Thanks.
benettfreeman
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:55


SUMMARY OF ALL EXPLANATIONS PROVIDED
4 +2worth (noun)/prize or appreciate(verb)
Margarida Martins Costelha
4 +2cherish (verb) / merit or worthiness
Fulya Turhan
3 +2importance (noun)
Port City


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worth (noun)/prize or appreciate(verb)


Explanation:
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Margarida Martins Costelha
Portugal
Local time: 16:55
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in PortuguesePortuguese
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks, I had considered worth, but it's uncountable and I need a countable noun.


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agree  acetran
18 hrs
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agree  Yasutomo Kanazawa
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importance (noun)


Explanation:
You can use "importance" as below:
"He places great importance on his family."
"Security was of greater importance than freedom."
"A person must decide moral actions based on what he considers important."

Port City
New Zealand
Native speaker of: Native in JapaneseJapanese
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks, but your own explanation demonstrates the awkwardness of trying to noun-ify it. I need something a bit easier to use. Also, importance carries the association with trade in its etymology at least.


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agree  acetran
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  -> Thank you!

agree  Yasutomo Kanazawa
23 hrs
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
cherish (verb) / merit or worthiness


Explanation:
He cherishes his family very highly.
Security was a greater merit than freedom.
A person must decide moral actions based on their worthiness.

If you would like to use the same word for each sentence, you can use a word with a broader meaning like significance or importance.



Fulya Turhan
Turkey
Local time: 19:55
Native speaker of: Turkish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Amel Abdullah
9 hrs

agree  Yasutomo Kanazawa
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