1540s, "value of property for tax purposes," from assess + -ment. Meaning "determination or adjustment of tax rate" is from 1540s; general sense of "estimation" is recorded from 1620s. In education jargon from 1956.
1. There is little assessment of the damage to the natural environment.
2. This was an uncharitable assessment of the reasons for the failure.
3. Heggie was remanded to a mental hospital for assessment by doctors.
4. The balance continues to swing away from final examinations to continuous assessment.
5. The assessment for the course involves written assignments and practical tests.