An appraisal is a judgment of something, especially an estimate of how much it's worth. Usually you need an expert to give an official appraisal.

If you were selling a house, you'd need an expert in real estate to give an appraisal of how much it's worth — that's an official estimate of how much you could sell it for. But this word can also be used in other less formal situations that call for a judgment or opinion of some sort. If you painted a picture, you could ask, "What's your appraisal of my work?" Hopefully the answer is "beautiful!"

Definitions of appraisal

n the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth

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critical analysis, critical appraisal
an appraisal based on careful analytical evaluation
evaluation, rating, valuation
an appraisal of the value of something
assay, check
an appraisal of the state of affairs
acid test
a rigorous or crucial appraisal
reappraisal, reassessment, revaluation, review
a new appraisal or evaluation
an appraisal that underestimates the value of something
criticism, critique
a serious examination and judgment of something
too high a value or price assigned to something
too low a value or price assigned to something
the evaluation of something in terms of its price
the evaluation of something a second time (or more)
grade, mark, score
a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)
bond rating
an evaluation by a rating company of the probability that a particular bond issue will default
countercheck, double check
something that checks the correctness of a previous check
Apgar score
an assessment of the physical condition of a newborn infant; involves heart rate and muscle tone and respiratory effort and color and reflex responsiveness
paternity test
a test based on blood groups to determine whether a particular man could be the biological father of a particular child; negative results prove he was not the father but positive results show only that he could be
stress test
a test measuring how a system functions when subjected to controlled amounts of stress
stock-taking, stocktaking
reappraisal of a situation or position or outlook
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categorisation, categorization, classification, sorting
the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories

n an expert estimation of the quality, quantity, and other characteristics of someone or something

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estimate, estimation
a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody

n a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation)

estimate, estimation
overappraisal, overestimate, overestimation, overvaluation
an appraisal that is too high
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commercial document, commercial instrument
a document of or relating to commerce

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