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[uh-prey-zuh l] /əˈpreɪ zəl/
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.
Also, appraisement.
Origin of appraisal
1810-20; appraise + -al2
Related forms
misappraisal, noun
overappraisal, noun
reappraisal, noun
self-appraisal, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for appraisal
  • It is only possible, but not probable, for a gymnast to score a 10.0 in the execution appraisal.
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  • Self confidence is not condemned by any philosophy because it is based on a realistic appraisal of one's ability.
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  • Dealers publish extensive directories to provide a basis for consistent appraisal.
  • The marshal steps in bristling, eyes already embarking on a tour of appraisal.
  • She looked at him, appraisal in her eyes.
  • Yes, the defense cuts are all about an honest appraisal of security needs.
  • Not a lurid tell-all, this is an honest appraisal of a life well lived.
British Dictionary definitions for appraisal


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

"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
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appraisal in Culture

appraisal definition

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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