appraisal

or ap·praise·ment

[ uh-prey-zuhl ]
/ əˈpreɪ zəl /

noun

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.

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Origin of appraisal

First recorded in 1810–20; appraise + -al2

OTHER WORDS FROM appraisal

mis·ap·prais·al, nouno·ver·ap·prais·al, nounre·ap·prais·al, nounself-ap·prais·al, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for appraisal

  • 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
  • The student begins by studying himself, an exercise in self-appraisal which need not by any means involve self-depreciation.

  • In the past he had been what he was without thought, self-appraisal.

    The Three Black Pennys|Joseph Hergesheimer
  • 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

appraisal

appraisement

/ (əˈpreɪzəl) /

noun

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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Cultural definitions for appraisal

appraisal

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

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