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or appraisement

[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.
Origin of appraisal
1810-20; appraise + -al2
Related forms
misappraisal, noun
overappraisal, noun
reappraisal, noun
self-appraisal, noun Unabridged
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  • It was equally obvious that a reappraisal of his position was in order.

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  • On carts and on men's shoulders, biblical floats appeared: It was time for a reappraisal of faith, time to honor the local Virgin.

    The Haciendas of Mexico Paul Alexander Bartlett
  • Filial usurpation of parental freedom is not wholly unprecedented in these days of reappraisal of most values.

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British Dictionary definitions for reappraisal


the assessment or estimation again of the worth, value, or quality of a person or thing


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 reappraisal



"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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reappraisal 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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