or ap·praise·ment

[uh-prey-zuh l]


the act of estimating or judging the nature or value of something or someone.
an estimate of value, as for sale, assessment, or taxation; valuation.
an estimate or considered opinion of the nature, quality, importance, etc: the critics' appraisal of pop art; an incorrect appraisal of public opinion.

Origin of appraisal

First recorded in 1810–20; appraise + -al2
Related formsmis·ap·prais·al, nouno·ver·ap·prais·al, nounre·ap·prais·al, nounself-ap·prais·al, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reappraisal

Contemporary Examples of reappraisal

  • A reappraisal of another epic tear-jerker, Gone with the Wind, is discussed in the TLS this week by Paula Marantz Cohen.

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    Best of Brit Lit

    Peter Stothard

    July 9, 2009

  • How to Sell is all about how Bobby comes to internalize this reappraisal of value.

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    The Gem Trade's Shady Characters

    Jonathan Blitzer

    May 13, 2009

Historical Examples of reappraisal

  • It was equally obvious that a reappraisal of his position was in order.


    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • On carts and on men's shoulders, biblical floats appeared: It was time for a reappraisal of faith, time to honor the local Virgin.

    The Haciendas of Mexico

    Paul Alexander Bartlett

  • Filial usurpation of parental freedom is not wholly unprecedented in these days of reappraisal of most values.

British Dictionary definitions for reappraisal



the assessment or estimation again of the worth, value, or quality of a person or thing




an assessment or estimation of the worth, value, or quality of a person or thingSee also performance appraisal
a valuation of property or goods
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Word Origin and History for reappraisal



"setting of a price," by 1784, American English, from appraise + -al (2). Figurative sense, "act of appraising" (originally a term of literary criticism) is from 1817.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reappraisal in Culture


A formal evaluation of property by an expert, used to establish its market value.

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