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ESTIMATE, ESTEEM

To estimate is "to judge the value of;" to esteem is "to set a high value on," especially of persons.

SECOND EXAMPLE:

Esteem, estimation, estimate. — Each of these words implies an exercise of judgment.

The judgment expressed by "esteem" is favorable, as "Esteem is the beginning of affection"; that expressed by "estimation" is either favorable or unfavorable, as "He stood high [or low] in popular estimation."

The judgment expressed by "estimate" is approximate, since it is "based on considerations of probability, respecting the number, amount, magnitude, or position of anything."

We may make an "estimate" of the distance of an object, of the cost of a house, of the character of an acquaintance. A similar distinction exists between the verbs "esteem" and "estimate."

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