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
  1. noun
    the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
    synonyms: assessment
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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
    type of:
    categorisation, categorization, classification, sorting
    the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories
  2. noun
    an expert estimation of the quality, quantity, and other characteristics of someone or something
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    type of:
    estimate, estimation
    a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody
  3. noun
    a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation)
    synonyms: estimate, estimation
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    overappraisal, overestimate, overestimation, overvaluation
    an appraisal that is too high
    type of:
    commercial document, commercial instrument
    a document of or relating to commerce
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