estimation


estimation
estimation
1. Fowler described the use of estimation in the phrase in my estimation (= in my opinion) as ‘illiterate’, a verdict which is negated by several centuries of use in this meaning:

• The dearest of men in my estimation —E. W. Lane, 1841

• It was about this time that Martin took a great slump in Maria's estimation —J. London, 1909

• Get it right, and you go up in everyone's estimation. Get it wrong, and you're a clot and a failure —Scotsman, 2007.

2. Estimation, in addition to the meaning just discussed, is the process of forming a judgement or calculation, as distinct from estimate (noun), which is the result of the process, i.e. (1) an approximate decision about cost, size, value, etc., or (2) the cost or size itself, as in —The total estimate comes to £500.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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