or ap·praise·ment

[ uh-prey-zuhl ]
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  1. the act of estimating or judging the nature or value of something or someone.

  2. an estimate of value, as for sale, assessment, or taxation; valuation.

  1. 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

Other words from appraisal

  • mis·ap·prais·al, noun
  • o·ver·ap·prais·al, noun
  • re·ap·prais·al, noun
  • self-ap·prais·al, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use appraisal in a sentence

  • For purposes of study he may be all things to all men, but let him see to it that he is not warped in his own self-appraisal.

    The Fiction Factory | John Milton Edwards
  • In the past he had been what he was without thought, self-appraisal.

    The Three Black Pennys | Joseph Hergesheimer
  • The student begins by studying himself, an exercise in self-appraisal which need not by any means involve self-depreciation.

  • Then look at it this way: the assumption had been a folly and a vanity and a failure in self-appraisal; therefore dismiss it.

British Dictionary definitions for appraisal



/ (əˈpreɪzəl) /

  1. an assessment or estimation of the worth, value, or quality of a person or thing: See also performance appraisal

  2. a valuation of property or goods

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Cultural definitions for appraisal


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

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