[verb uhn-der-es-tuh-meyt; noun uhn-der-es-tuh-mit, -meyt]
- to estimate at too low a value, rate, or the like.
- to make an estimate lower than that which would be correct.
- an estimate that is too low.
Origin of underestimate
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1. undervalue, underrate, misjudge, miscalculate.
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Examples from the Web for underestimation
Which, all things considered, was an underestimation of what ensued hard on the heels of his announcement.The Glory of The Coming
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It was an underestimation so great that in the light of developments it will some day prove ridiculous.
In the case of interval A the error is one of underestimation in twenty-seven cases; in none is it an error of overestimation.
In the case of interval B the error is one of overestimation in seventeen instances, of underestimation in two.
The explanation of this illusion on the simple basis of underestimation or overestimation of angles is open to criticism.Visual Illusions
- to make too low an estimate ofhe underestimated the cost
- to think insufficiently highly ofto underestimate a person
- too low an estimate
Underestimate is sometimes wrongly used where overestimate is meant: the importance of his work cannot be overestimated (not cannot be underestimated)
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Word Origin and History for underestimation
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