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appraisal

[uh-prey-zuh l] /əˈpreɪ zəl/
noun
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.
3.
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
1810-1820
1810-20; appraise + -al2
Related forms
misappraisal, noun
overappraisal, noun
reappraisal, noun
self-appraisal, noun
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Examples for appraisals
  • Within cognitive models, anxiety is a result of appraisals relating to impending threat.
  • Low appraisals are scuttling some deals after contracts have been signed and some would-buyers can't sell their old homes.
  • Low appraisals are scuttling some deals after contracts have been signed.
  • He asked both aspirants to see him the following morning with their appraisals of the situation.
British Dictionary definitions for appraisals

appraisal

/əˈpreɪzəl/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for appraisals
appraisal
1817, "act of appraising," in the figurative sense, originally a term of literary criticism, from appraise. Literal sense, "setting of a price," is by 1863, Amer.Eng.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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appraisals 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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