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[es-tuh-mey-shuh n] /ˌɛs təˈmeɪ ʃən/
judgment or opinion:
In my estimation the boy is guilty.
esteem; respect.
approximate calculation; estimate:
to make an estimation of one's expenditures.
Origin of estimation
1325-75; Middle English estimacioun < Middle French < Latin aestimātiōn- (stem of aestimātiō). See estimate, -ion
Related forms
preestimation, noun
reestimation, noun
self-estimation, noun
2. appreciation, regard, honor, veneration. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for estimation
  • The name of the game is estimation and wishful thinking.
  • Those who, in his estimation, are lacking brains do not meet with his favor.
  • In my estimation, she had close to no chance of ever landing an academic job.
  • So, that is way larger than the estimation from the building.
  • He searched for a country even more absurd in his estimation.
  • In my estimation the resulting film did not justify the time and money that had been spent.
  • Only a few candidates have slid downwards so quickly in popular estimation.
  • It would have been great had the writer had added a line how the estimation was done.
  • In the estimation of many, yes, it usually seems to be more than adequate qualifications.
  • It's an alternative estimation of national output which in theory is equivalent to the spending-side measure.
British Dictionary definitions for estimation


a considered opinion; judgment: what is your estimation of the situation?
esteem; respect
the act of estimating
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Word Origin and History for estimation

late 14c., "action of appraising; manner of judging; opinion," from Old French estimacion, from Latin aestimationem (nominative aestimatio) "a valuation," from past participle stem of aestimare "to value" (see esteem). Meaning "appreciation" is from 1520s. That of "process of forming an approximate notion" is from c.1400.

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