es·​ti·​ma·​tion ˌe-stə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce estimation (audio)
: judgment, opinion
a poor choice in my estimation
: the act of estimating something
: the value, amount, or size arrived at in an estimate

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Estimation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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