noun as·sess·ment \ə-ˈses-mənt, a-\

Definition of assessment

  1. 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. 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

  1. It's a difficult problem that requires careful assessment.

  2. I don't agree with his assessment of the problem.

  3. The owners claimed the tax assessment on their house was too high.

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.”

Origin and Etymology of assessment

see assess

First Known Use: 1534

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