es·​ti·​ma·​tion | \ ˌe-stə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce estimation (audio) \

Definition of estimation

1 : judgment, opinion a poor choice in my estimation
2a : the act of estimating something
b : the value, amount, or size arrived at in an estimate
3 : esteem, honor

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Examples of estimation in a Sentence

This is not, in my estimation, an efficient use of our resources. She went down in her supporters' estimation after she voted against the plan. Planning the project requires careful cost estimation.
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Recent Examples on the Web In 1982, Keith became resentful of Brian, who in his estimation was working less hard while gaining more friends. New York Times, 17 July 2021 This time: The Twins' decision to call off Saturday's game because of the threat of rain, which in his estimation was a thinly veiled attempt to rest pitchers and create more favorable matchups. Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 In my estimation, the Styles fandom lost at least a full afternoon's worth of productivity to a forensic examination of this photo set. Michelle Rui, Vogue, 8 July 2021 One of the most critical parts of the Financial Model of a PV plant is the accurate estimation of the capital expenses (CAPEX). Joern Hackbarth, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Not in the estimation of the chef, who aims to do something for everyone. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 The novel was the first, by Vulture’s estimation, to win both the Edgar Award and the Pulitzer Prize in the same year. Charu Sinha, Vulture, 6 Apr. 2021 In the estimation of Major League Baseball, teams before 1920 primarily played in exhibition games and barnstorming tours, where the quality was below that of Major League Baseball. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2021 Again, live stats are not working properly today, so everything is an estimation. Arkansas Online, 13 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of estimation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of estimation was in the 14th century

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“Estimation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of estimation

formal : a judgment or opinion about something
: the act of judging the size, amount, cost, etc., of something : the act of estimating something
: a guess about the size, amount, cost, etc., of something


es·​ti·​ma·​tion | \ ˌe-stə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce estimation (audio) \

Kids Definition of estimation

1 : the act of making a judgment especially of value, size, or cost an estimation of expenses

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