noun \ə-ˈse-sər\

: a person whose job is to officially say how much something (such as a property) is worth especially so that it can be taxed according to that value

law : a person who knows a lot about a particular subject and whose job is to give advice about that subject to a judge or other court official

: a person whose job is to officially say how well someone has done on a test, in a competition, etc.

Full Definition of ASSESSOR

:  an official who assists a judge or magistrate
:  one that assesses; especially :  an official who assesses property for taxation

First Known Use of ASSESSOR

14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

One with special knowledge of a subject who is appointed or elected to assist a judge or magistrate in deciding a legal matter. In the U.S., the term also designates an official who evaluates property for the purposes of taxation. Assessors were appointed in the late 19th century throughout Europe to try to limit the influence of the jury system, which had been introduced in the wake of the French Revolution. Assessors thus represented a return to the civil-law traditions of Europe. In Britain and the U.S., assessors came to be used in labour and maritime courts as well as in some other civil jurisdictions.


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