estimation


estimation
estimation, estimate both mean the act of valuing or appraising, but they are rarely interchangeable.
In general, estimation implies the manner or measure in which a person or thing is valued or esteemed
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the degree in which he is held in estimation by scholars cannot be appreciated by the average man

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men's estimation follows us according to the company we keep— Steele

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Often the term comes close to personal opinion or point of view, especially in respect to a thing's value
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in my estimation the article, though interesting, is not in keeping with the policies and purposes of this periodical

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the crown ... in the . . . estimation of law . . . had ever been perfectly irresponsible— Burke

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In general, estimate applies to the result of an appraisal or an evaluation (as of a thing's worth, its cost, its size, or its prospects). It may connote an approximation to the truth that has been reached either by guessing or conjecture or as the outcome of careful consideration, expert knowledge, or profound study
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his estimate of the value of the stolen jewels was $50,000

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the young man has justified the high estimate of his promise expressed some years ago by his teachers

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a scientific estimate of the distance between the earth and Saturn

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economic forecasts are at best mere estimates

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In a technical sense estimate implies the sum for which a piece of work (as the erection or repair of a building) can or will be undertaken.
Analogous words: esteem, *regard, respect: Opinion, view: conjecture, guess, surmise (see under CONJECTURE vb)

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  • estimation — [ ɛstimasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1263; lat. æstimatio « évaluation » 1 ♦ Action d estimer, de déterminer la valeur, le prix (d une chose). ⇒ appréciation, évaluation, expertise, prisée. L estimation d un mobilier, d une œuvre d art par un expert.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Estimation — is the calculated approximation of a result which is usable even if input data may be incomplete or uncertain. In statistics, estimation theory and estimator, for topics involving inferences about probability distributions forecasting and… …   Wikipedia

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  • estimation — es‧ti‧ma‧tion [ˌestˈmeɪʆn] noun [countable] 1. your opinion of the value, nature etc of someone or something: • His skills and abilities make him, in my estimation, an ideal candidate for the board of governors. 2. a calculation of what the… …   Financial and business terms

  • Estimation — Es ti*ma tion, n. [L. aestimatio, fr. aestimare: cf. F. estimation. See {Esteem}, v. t.] 1. The act of estimating. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An opinion or judgment of the worth, extent, or quantity of anything, formed without using precise data;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • estimation — Estimation. s. f. v. Prisée. Juste estimation. on a fait la prisée & estimation des meubles. suivant l estimation qui en sera faite. je m en rapporte à l estimation des gens connoissants …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • estimation — Estimation, AEstimatio. L estimation des heritages est petite, ils ne sont point de requeste, Iacent praediorum pretia. Faire estimation de son aisement, par la comparaison mal aisée d autruy, Ex alterius incommodis sua comparare commoda. Garder… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • estimation — I (calculation) noun admeasurement, appraisal, appraisement, approximate calculation, approximate judgment of value, approximation, assessment, assumption, computation, conjecture, considered guess, deduction, educated guess, estimate, evaluation …   Law dictionary

  • estimation — late 14c., action of appraising; manner of judging; opinion, from O.Fr. estimacion, from L. aestimationem (nom. aestimatio) a valuation, from pp. stem of aestimare to value (see ESTEEM (Cf. esteem)). Meaning appreciation is from 1520s. That of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • estimation — [n] belief, guess admiration, appraisal, appreciation, arithmetic, assessment, calculating, ciphering, computation, consideration, considered opinion, credit, esteem, estimate, estimating, evaluation, favor, figuring, impression, judgment,… …   New thesaurus


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