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ballpark estimate

An approximate estimate. Mary contacted several plumbers to get a ballpark estimate of the cost to fix her leaky toilet.
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estimate the cost at

(some amount) to approximate the cost of something at a particular amount. I estimate the cost at about one hundred dollars. The cost of repairing the car was estimated at over four thousand dollars!
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a ballpark estimate/figure

a number which is only approximate, but which should be near to the correct number We're expecting sales of the book to generate around $10,000 dollars, although obviously that's just a ballpark figure.
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When discussing the animal estimative power, Thomas says that a sheep perceives "this colored object" under the content or formal aspect of "natural enemy.
In the intelligence arena, I&W includes current, estimative, scientific and technological, and other types of intelligence.
Herbert, on behalf of the 66th MI Brigade Commander, Colonel Todd Megill, tasked four MCIIS student analysts (Robert Williams, Chris Anderson, Kathryn Connelly and Matthew Gurto) to produce an estimative report to fulfill a simulated intelligence requirement--the potential growth of an Islamic insurgency in Russia's North Caucasus region.
The 2SRM was chosen as the best model once it is more parsimonious due to the employment of fewer estimative parameters than 3SRM and GEM models.
The Biblical Hebrew Reflexive is used for reflexive (he washed himself), anticausative (wisdom will vanish), benefactive (they prayed for themselves), estimative (he pretends to be rich; he appears as a prophet), reciprocal (they look atone another), and generic passive (pains will be forgotten).
The estimative of the glycoside contents was based on the amount of the aglycones released from acid hydrolyses of the corresponding glycosides, adjusting with the sugar moiety mass loss.
Therefore, as a variant of the own alien, which is meant to be adapted, in contemporary art new trends are emerging that apply estimative technologies of risks while creating bio-temporal images of reality.
21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Director of National Intelligence's National Intelligence Council (NIC) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars recently organized an international conference to mark the release of the NIC's declassified national estimative material titled, From "National Communism" to National Collapse: U.
The opposing attorney may ask an officer to estimate something reasonable, like the amount of time that passed (which most people can roughly gauge in terms of minutes or hours) and then switch to other, less quantifiable, topics while the officer is still in the estimative mind-set.
Targeting is inherently estimative and anticipatory; that is, matching actions and effects to targets requires estimating and anticipating future outcomes.
Chapter 2, "Standards of Evidence," focuses on intelligence concerning the Pakistani nuclear program and Chinese missile assistance, while the remaining five chapters address, in succession, estimative uncertainties and policy tradeoffs, intelligence surprise, intelligence sharing, military support, and war-fighting in a WMD context.
These tasks were given gradually during several sessions, and they had an estimative time of accomplishment.
But the majority of his chiosa is taken up with an account of the five internal senses (common sense, imaginative, estimative or cogitative, phantasy, and memory) in line with his own earlier treatment of these faculties in the De anima.
For example, current intelligence addresses day-to-day events with a focus on new developments while estimative intelligence addresses the future and informs on the range of possible developments.