[ uh-ses-muh nt ]
/ əˈsɛs mənt /


the act of assessing; appraisal; evaluation.
an official valuation of property for the purpose of levying a tax; an assigned value.
an amount assessed as payable.

Nearby words

  1. assertory,
  2. asses,
  3. asses' bridge,
  4. assess,
  5. assessed value,
  6. assessment arrangements,
  7. assessor,
  8. assessorial,
  9. asset,
  10. asset value

Origin of assessment

First recorded in 1530–40; assess + -ment

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Examples from the Web for self-assessment

British Dictionary definitions for self-assessment



an evaluation of one's own abilities and failings
finance a system to enable taxpayers to assess their own tax liabilities


/ (əˈsɛsmənt) /


the act of assessing, esp (in Britain) the evaluation of a student's achievement on a course
an amount determined as payable
a valuation set on taxable property, income, etc
evaluation; estimation
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Word Origin and History for self-assessment



1540s, "value of property for tax purposes," from assess + -ment. Meaning "determination or adjustment of tax rate" is from 1540s; general sense of "estimation" is recorded from 1620s. In education jargon from 1956.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for self-assessment


The appraisal of property for the purposes of taxation.

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