Pronunciation: (u-prā'zul), [key]
1. the act of estimating or judging the nature or value of something or someone.
2. an estimate of value, as for sale, assessment, or taxation; valuation.
3. an estimate or considered opinion of the nature, quality, importance, etc: the critics' appraisal of pop art; an incorrect appraisal of public opinion. Also,ap•praise'ment.
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