Definition of appraisal in English:



  • 1An act of assessing something or someone.

    ‘she carried out a thorough appraisal’
    mass noun ‘the report has been subject to appraisal’
    • ‘The last section of the appraisal assesses company demographics.’
    • ‘Ministers following public consultation will take final decisions based on the factual appraisal and views expressed by interested parties.’
    • ‘While appraisals normally assess the role of a single intervention, a clinical guideline covers the whole range of the management of patients with specific diseases.’
    • ‘At the end of each year, the job performances of the Internet commentators will be evaluated for the annual appraisals and feedback.’
    • ‘Applications received are subject to a detailed appraisal before the Commission makes a decision.’
    • ‘When exposed to parental conflict, adolescents make cognitive appraisals, evaluating the threat of the conflict and attributing blame.’
    • ‘The most important aspect of treating oesophageal pain is a sympathetic appraisal of patients' problems.’
    • ‘The village of Dounby has become the preferred site for Orkney's new old folk's home, being placed at the top of the list of possible sites in Orkney subject to a project appraisal.’
    • ‘An environmental appraisal will be carried out for all the routes.’
    • ‘Many have recognized the importance of energy in an appraisal but say they lack the necessary tools and comparisons to verify their calculations.’
    • ‘Initially, the physician should do a health-risk appraisal of each patient.’
    • ‘First, because individuals' emotional and health behavior responses to health threats are influenced to a large degree by their subjective interpretations, these appraisals must be assessed.’
    • ‘The current legal provision that privatisation appraisals of foreign-trade companies are subject to approval by the finance minister will be revoked.’
    • ‘As these types of questions aren't even entertained in the current environment, a cool appraisal of the evidence has proved elusive.’
    • ‘A positive appraisal would confirm the view that interest rates have indeed finally turned and that the deflation threat is over.’
    • ‘Furthermore, we assessed mothers' appraisals subsequent to the interactions in which ratings of overreactivity were made.’
    • ‘Under the new plan in Scotland, hospital medical directors would be shown the figures during surgeons' annual appraisals, but patients would have no rights to inspect them.’
    • ‘The appraisal begins by assessing the respondents awareness of health promotion.’
    • ‘General factors also included several items representing patients' subjective appraisals of pain control, the adequacy of sleep/rest, and level of anxiety.’
    • ‘Like all traditional appraisals, these appraisals characterize weapons and military equipment during the stages predating the object's existence.’
    assessment, evaluation, estimation, judgement, rating, gauging, sizing up, summing-up, consideration
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    1. 1.1 A formal assessment, typically in an interview, of the performance of an employee over a particular period.
      ‘all appraisals will be held in the next couple of weeks’
      as modifier ‘an appraisal system’
      • ‘The appraisal system has to be scrapped altogether.’
      • ‘Performance management begins with an appraisal system which encompasses tracking, bench-marking, and formal follow-up.’
      • ‘Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union are beginning a two-day stoppage over a pay claim and an unpopular appraisal system.’
      • ‘The whole question of appraisals, performance, development, review to be improved, I think, again, it is an example of work in progress.’
      • ‘The company in Ireland has confirmed it uses a controversial employee appraisal system in all its businesses here, where 4,500 people are employed.’
      • ‘The talks revolve around a little more pay and the hated appraisal system, which links pay to performance.’
      • ‘From next year, doctors will be ‘revalidated’ every five years under a national appraisal system to prove their competence.’
      • ‘The appraisal system helps stimulate the development of alternative solutions to a particular problem by clarifying the consequences of all options considered.’
      • ‘Any appraisal system must be fair and should enable employers to recognise their responsibilities for continuing professional development of career grade doctors.’
      • ‘At the Monday office business meeting, you asked for a collection of opinions about the new appraisal system by the various departments, all to be completed within one week.’
      • ‘His main residual anxiety is over the appraisal system itself.’
      • ‘The main problem is that there will still be an appraisal system based on quotas.’
      • ‘Members in the Department for Work and Pensions are locked in a bitter dispute with management over pay and a discriminatory appraisal system.’
      • ‘These activists refused to carry out staff appraisals under the Performance Development Scheme.’
      • ‘The draft sets out the elements which the committee believes an appraisal system for consultants should contain.’
      • ‘Employee appraisal, training, and development involve both informally and formally evaluating employee performance and the need for training and development.’
      • ‘They are also refusing to cover for absent colleagues or comply with the university's appraisal and performance management system.’
      • ‘Even with the appraisal system, there is still a second sight of it, and we would want that.’
      • ‘Many are wringing their hands about the pay appraisal system.’
      • ‘The union is so angered by the appraisal system, which it says has unfairly downgraded many workers, that it is taking High Court action against the Government.’
      assessment, evaluation, estimation, judgement, rating, gauging, sizing up, summing-up, consideration
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