estimation

noun
es·​ti·​ma·​tion | \ ˌe-stə-ˈmā-shən \

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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Although the impetus to take the homeschooling plunge was different for each child, in Colleen's estimation, some of the benefits are the same. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The reasons for homeschooling are varied. Even within the same family.," 5 Apr. 2018 The sights on the Mitrailleuse were simple post and notch affairs like rifles of the day, and the extreme range required excellent range estimation (which the gunners were not trained for). Ian Mccollum, Popular Mechanics, "Forgotten Weapons: The Mitrailleuse," 9 Dec. 2015 McCain had chosen the speakers at his funeral to emphasize a clear theme: Certain values—and friendships—must transcend partisan differences, and divisive political rancor was, by his estimation, un-American. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "A Brief History of George W. Bush and Michelle Obama's Friendship," 4 Sep. 2018 By Hagins’ estimation, there’s $1,000 in value on every 15 blocks’ worth of garbage. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "How Philly's discarded shoes are saving lives in Haiti and Africa," 10 Apr. 2018 Amazon reported earnings per share of $5.07, more than double of analysts’ estimation of $2.50. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Another solid quarter for Amazon pushes it toward a $1 trillion valuation," 26 July 2018 Fewer than 25 schools now mandate students to submit essay scores as part of their college applications, according to some estimations. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "Brown University becomes latest college to drop SAT, ACT essay for applicants," 12 July 2018 Fewer than 25 schools now mandate students to submit essay scores as part of their college applications, according to some estimations. Debbie Truong, chicagotribune.com, "Brown University becomes latest college to drop SAT, ACT essay for applicants," 12 July 2018 Spurs and Villa are expected to hold negotiations over Grealish but appear far off in their estimations of his value. SI.com, "Tottenham 'Clear Frontrunners' for Aston Villa Star as Championship Side Hold Out for £30m," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of estimation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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estimation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of estimation

: 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

estimation

noun
es·​ti·​ma·​tion | \ ˌe-stə-ˈmā-shən \

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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