verb (used with object)
Origin of assess
In Proto-Indo-European, two dental consonants (such as d + d, d + t, t + t, etc.) could not appear together. In the Italic languages (Latin, Oscan, Umbrian) and Germanic, the two dental consonants developed into -ss- ; thus the original Latin past participle of sedēre , sedtus (originally an adjective suffix, typically forming past participles in Latin) regularly became sessus, the base for the Late Latin verb assessāre.
Examples from the Web for assessable
The rents are fixed in cash, being proportioned according to the assessable value of the property.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13|Elbert Hubbard
A fine of $100 is assessable against any county or state superintendent who fails to enforce the provisions of the law.
I feel a great interest in you, Willie, but I do not feel as though it should be an assessable interest.Cordwood|Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
The shares of the company were assessable with unlimited liabilities on the part of the share holder.Some Pioneers and Pilgrims on the Prairies of Dakota|John B. Reese
British Dictionary definitions for assessable
Word Origin for assess
Word Origin and History for assessable
early 15c., "to fix the amount (of a tax, fine, etc.)," from Anglo-French assesser, from Medieval Latin assessare "fix a tax upon," originally frequentative of Latin assessus "a sitting by," past participle of assidere "to sit beside" (and thus to assist in the office of a judge), from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). One of the judge's assistant's jobs was to fix the amount of a fine or tax. Meaning "to estimate the value of property for the purpose of taxing it" is from 1809; transferred sense of "to judge the value of a person, idea, etc." is from 1934. Related: Assessed; assessing.