[uh-ses-muh nt]


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.

Origin of assessment

First recorded in 1530–40; assess + -ment
Related formsmis·as·sess·ment, nouno·ver·as·sess·ment, nounpro·as·sess·ment, adjectivere·as·sess·ment, nounself-as·sess·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-assessment

Contemporary Examples of self-assessment

  • His attempts at thoughtfulness fall flat, especially when he attempts On Walden Pond-esque introspection and self-assessment.

  • Ryan stammers "no" now, but offers no convincing reason to accept his self-assessment.

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    Blame Ryan?

    David Frum

    May 1, 2012

  • Before you even dig into the recipes, she suggests you do a self-assessment as to whether your body type is yin or yang.

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    How a New England Yankee Conquered China

    Sarah Whitman-Salkin

    July 14, 2009

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



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

self-assessment in Culture


The appraisal of property for the purposes of taxation.

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