The minister began to talk of a new territorial contribution, and a great survey and re-assessment of the land.
also also reassessment, 1751, from re- + assessment.
1540s, "value of property for tax purposes," from assess + -ment. Meaning "determination or adjustment of tax rate" is from 1540s; general sense of "estimation" is recorded from 1620s. In education jargon from 1956.
The appraisal of property for the purposes of taxation.