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I'm writing a paper which includes some analysis of the fact that love cannot be bought. Repeating "cannot be bought" is becoming banal and repetitive, and I was wondering if there is a suitable replacement for it.

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    I don't suppose unbuyable would be suitable?
    – waiwai933
    Commented May 13, 2012 at 0:59
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    or, "not for sale"
    – J.R.
    Commented May 13, 2012 at 1:35
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    'priceless'....
    – GEdgar
    Commented May 13, 2012 at 1:46
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    Considering that buy is a “valid word”, and both -able and -un are productive affixes, it necessarily follows that the result of applying them must also be “valid words”. Whatever that means. Never ever ever trust Microsoft for anything.
    – tchrist
    Commented May 13, 2012 at 2:22
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    When Word gives squiggly lines, try Wordnik. P.S. If unbuyable gets tired, unpurchasable might work, too.
    – J.R.
    Commented May 13, 2012 at 2:28

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Love is infungible.

That doesn't mean you can't buy it. Everyone knows that you can. You just can't exchange it.

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    Cynicism?! That's reality, man. Commented May 13, 2012 at 8:47
  • Just curious what motivates you to use infungible there instead of unfungible or nonfungible. The OED doesn’t have any of them, but Ngrams likes the last one.
    – tchrist
    Commented May 13, 2012 at 13:56
  • You are correct. Infungible is Spanish. Commented May 13, 2012 at 15:38
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The words to express this idea are invaluable or priceless.

That cannot have a value set upon it

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  • That has too much connotational baggage. Misery can't be bought either, but very few people would call it invaluable. Commented May 13, 2012 at 5:41
  • @OptimalCynic: It does not mean "unable to be bought", but in the context of the OP, it could be used to describe love.
    – Bravo
    Commented May 13, 2012 at 7:02
  • The OP's question was for a term that means "cannot be bought". Invaluable doesn't mean that, any more than inflammable means not flammable. The joys of English. Note that priceless and valueless are effectively antonyms, despite meaning the same thing by your definition. Commented May 13, 2012 at 20:51
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Unavailable has wider application, but I think it would be understood in context as describing what you have in mind.

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