Definition of assessment
2 : the amount assessed : an amount that a person is officially required to pay especially as a tax the tax assessment on property
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.
Recent Examples of assessment from the Web
The latest US intelligence assessment is that the North probably does not yet have that capability — putting a small-enough nuclear warhead atop an ICBM.
The president had been steadfast throughout, sometimes childishly so, but his initial assessment had proved right: Saddam was rapacious, insatiable.
Another panelist, Shaun Belders, head of Bloomberg's vendor risk assessment program, mentioned that enacting preventative measures can get tricky even within an organization.
Frank's assessment is that Floyds Fork cannot afford any increase in nitrogen or phosphorus, and in fact, large reductions of those pollutants from sewage treatment plants will be needed.
His assessment of the comedy and tragedy of twinhood rings true to my experience.
But the conventional twitter-bomb damage assessments may be...
Without an enclosure, the structure's elevator is also exposed and its service life may be shortened, according to the assessment.
And with no pads or real contact until training camp, making definitive assessments of linemen this time of year is just about impossible.
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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.”
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