ap·​prais·​al ə-ˈprā-zəl How to pronounce appraisal (audio)
: an act or instance of appraising something or someone
a damage appraisal
They gave us an honest appraisal of our chances.
especially : a valuation of property by the estimate of an authorized person
sought an appraisal of her jewelry
real estate appraisals

Example Sentences

the appraisal of some jewelry I made a quick appraisal of the situation and decided to leave right away. The book is an excellent appraisal of the influences that have shaped our government.
Recent Examples on the Web Some families also had White friends stand in for them during the appraisal to get a higher value. Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN, 3 Nov. 2022 The property appraisal is expected to be completed later this year. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 After that, the home appraised for $750,000, or 59% more than the appraisal from less than seven months earlier. CBS News, 22 Aug. 2022 To conduct the appraisal, loanDepot hired 20/20 Valuations as a subcontractor. Debra Kamin,, 21 Aug. 2022 Even three years later and amid somewhat more mixed reviews than the nearly all thumbs-up appraisal of Thrones’ first season, interest on Sunday is likely to be high. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Aug. 2022 Dorsey took to the platform to add to the appraisal. Carmela Chirinos, Fortune, 7 Apr. 2022 Her portrayal in the film received critical appraisal, winning an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 6 Nov. 2022 While Guenon was a French convert to Islam, much of his analysis was philosophically taken up by non-Muslims looking for an appraisal of modernity rooted in metaphysics and tradition; the new King is probably the most famous among them. Time, 13 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


appraise + -al entry 1

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of appraisal was in 1795

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Cite this Entry

“Appraisal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



ap·​prais·​al ə-ˈprā-zəl How to pronounce appraisal (audio)
: an act or instance of appraising

Legal Definition



ap·​prais·​al ə-ˈprā-zəl How to pronounce appraisal (audio)
: a valuation of property by the estimate of an authorized person: as
: the determination of the fair value of a corporation's stock by a judicial proceeding that a dissenting shareholder is usually entitled by statute to demand in a case of extraordinary corporate action (as a merger) see also dissent entry 1 sense 1
: the estimation of the value of real estate for the purpose of taxation, sale, or securing a mortgage
: the estimation of the value of damage done to property for the purpose of adjusting an insurance claim

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