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

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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First Known Use of estimation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Estimation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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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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