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verb (used with object)
  1. to estimate officially the value of (property, income, etc.) as a basis for taxation.
  2. to fix or determine the amount of (damages, a tax, a fine, etc.): The hurricane damage was assessed at six million dollars.
  3. to impose a tax or other charge on.
  4. to estimate or judge the value, character, etc., of; evaluate: to assess one's efforts.
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Origin of assess

1400–50; late Middle English assessen < Medieval Latin assessāre to assess a tax, derivative of Latin assēssus seated beside (a judge) (past participle of assidēre), equivalent to as- as- + sed- (stem of sedēre to sit1) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsas·sess·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·as·sess, verb (used with object)re·as·sess, verb (used with object)un·as·sess·a·ble, adjectiveun·as·sessed, adjectivewell-as·sessed, adjective
Can be confusedaccess assess excessaccessible assessable

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Historical Examples of assessable

  • 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

  • The rents are fixed in cash, being proportioned according to the assessable value of the property.

  • I feel a great interest in you, Willie, but I do not feel as though it should be an assessable interest.


    Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye

  • A fine of $100 is assessable against any county or state superintendent who fails to enforce the provisions of the law.

British Dictionary definitions for assessable


verb (tr)
  1. to judge the worth, importance, etc, of; evaluate
  2. (foll by at) to estimate the value of (income, property, etc) for taxation purposesthe estate was assessed at three thousand pounds
  3. to determine the amount of (a fine, tax, damages, etc)
  4. to impose a tax, fine, etc, on (a person or property)
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Derived Formsassessable, adjective

Word Origin for assess

C15: from Old French assesser, from Latin assidēre to sit beside, from sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for assessable


mid-15c., from assess + -able.

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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.

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