assessment

noun
as·​sess·​ment | \ ə-ˈses-mənt How to pronounce assessment (audio) , a-\

Definition of assessment

1 : the action or an instance of making a judgment about something : the act of assessing something : appraisal assessment of damages an assessment of the president's achievements
2 : the amount assessed : an amount that a person is officially required to pay especially as a tax the tax assessment on property

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Synonyms for assessment

Synonyms

duty, imposition, impost, levy, tax

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History of Assessment

Assessment has two meanings (“an amount that a person is officially required to pay” and “the act of making a judgment about something”) so distinct that one might rightfully wonder if they come from different sources. They do not.

Both are derived from related senses of assess, a verb that for over 500 years has meant “to determine the rate or amount of (a tax).” The monetary sense of assessment is tied to this oldest use of assess. By the 19th century, the verb’s object shifted slightly to produce a new meaning, “to make an official valuation of (property) for the purposes of taxation.” It was but a short step from here to the broadened sense “to make a judgment about” that is the basis of assessment “the act of making a judgment.”

Examples of assessment in a Sentence

It's a difficult problem that requires careful assessment. I don't agree with his assessment of the problem. The owners claimed the tax assessment on their house was too high.
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This is, the series’ creator, Julian Fellowes, would probably say, an unfair assessment of what Downton stands for. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Downton, Downton, Revolution," 16 Sep. 2019 The guidelines call for an assessment of how individual users consume the product, including such things as the number of puffs, puff duration, puff intensity, puff duration and the frequency of use. Risa Robinson, CNN, "The way you vape could make it even more dangerous," 16 Sep. 2019 The sustainability of the rally will hinge on an assessment of the magnitude and duration of the supply shortfall, said Vandana Hari, founder of Singapore’s Vanda Insights. Washington Post, "Aramco attacks show company entanglement in Saudi politics," 15 Sep. 2019 Scientists have documented general declines of prey fish, highlighted by an all-time low of alewife of 0.02 kilograms/hectare in 2017, according to an annual assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The DNR has proposed increases in chinook stocking, and there's still time to weigh in," 14 Sep. 2019 The guidelines call for an assessment of how individual users consume the product, including such things as the number of puffs, puff duration, puff intensity, puff duration and the frequency of use. Risa Robinson, The Conversation, "How a person vapes, not just what a person vapes, could also play a big role in vaping harm," 13 Sep. 2019 Ranking a player like Jonas Valančiūnas is, at its core, an assessment of the traditional big in the modern league. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 It is based on an assessment of the income needed for a minimum amount of food, clothing, shelter and utilities. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "The strange math behind US poverty numbers," 10 Sep. 2019 President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the dismissals followed a season-long review of how the Giants structured their scouting as well as an assessment of each individual. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants fire eight pro scouts, including some key to World Series title runs," 10 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'assessment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of assessment

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for assessment

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11 Oct 2019

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