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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Parting Shot Here’s Kyle Newman’s predictions for the 2019 playoffs and awards, with some estimations easy (like the American League MVP selection) and others more up in the air. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: DJ LeMahieu on track to become first player to win undisputed batting titles in both leagues," 5 Sep. 2019 Donato, the District Court judge, previously scheduled a status conference regarding the wildfire estimation proceedings for Tuesday. J.d. Morris,, "PG&E seeks to prevent state court trial over 2017 Tubbs Fire," 5 Sep. 2019 In Fickell's estimation, UCLA's offense should be more efficient and run at a much faster tempo. Fletcher Page,, "As UC readies for UCLA rematch, optimism for Bearcats football has replaced doubt," 28 Aug. 2019 Aisling was the third McIlenden sister, only in college still, and in Bimbo’s estimation the least fine, but that was only relatively speaking. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 The revision comes days after Moody’s Investors Service cut its own forecast for 2019 to 6.2% from the previous estimation of 6.8%. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Who gains from India’s new foreign investment norms?," 29 Aug. 2019 Lester Davis, a spokesman for Young, said the true cost might end up being smaller than the budget office’s estimation. Luke Broadwater,, "Baltimore transfers $6 million to pay for ransomware attack; city considers insurance against hacks," 28 Aug. 2019 Indeed, looking back at the rough XI that started for Germany in the 2014 World Cup is quite a staggering thing, in that, save for Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm, almost every player's estimations have faded drastically in the proceeding years., "An Ode to Gerard Pique: The Defining Central Defender of This Decade," 28 Aug. 2019 On Tuesday, Montali heard updates from various attorneys involved in the PG&E case about the estimation of the company’s fire liabilities. J.d. Morris,, "PG&E bankruptcy case keeps getting more complex," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of estimation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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