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[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.
Origin of assessment
1530-40; assess + -ment
Related forms
misassessment, noun
overassessment, noun
proassessment, adjective
reassessment, noun
self-assessment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for assessment
  • But he relied on his own assessment of those needs.
  • Together, they have compiled an assessment of the effects of mental illness on patients' families.
  • I'd have to disagree with your assessment.
  • Harsh as that assessment may be, it seems about right.
  • That certainly qualifies as an overly optimistic assessment of your abilities.
  • That initial assessment serves as the baseline for comparison.
  • And less time spent on assessment means more time for learning.
  • Each of the 12 chapters ends with questions for reflection, and a number of self-assessment tests are sprinkled throughout.
  • If you deliver those things, they'll pat you genially on the head when assessment time comes, and all will be well.
  • For any given assessment, maybe a dozen agencies are active participants in the process.
British Dictionary definitions for assessment


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 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.

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assessment in Culture

assessment definition

The appraisal of property for the purposes of taxation.

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