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noun judg·ment \ˈjəj-mənt\

Simple Definition of judgment

  • : an opinion or decision that is based on careful thought

  • : the act or process of forming an opinion or making a decision after careful thought : the act of judging something or someone

  • : the ability to make good decisions about what should be done

Full Definition of judgment

  1. 1 a :  a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion b :  an opinion so pronounced

  2. 2 a :  a formal decision given by a court b (1) :  an obligation (as a debt) created by the decree of a court (2) :  a certificate evidencing such a decree

  3. 3 a capitalized :  the final judging of humankind by God b :  a divine sentence or decision; specifically :  a calamity held to be sent by God

  4. 4 a :  the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing b :  an opinion or estimate so formed

  5. 5 a :  the capacity for judging :  discernment b :  the exercise of this capacity

  6. 6 :  a proposition stating something believed or asserted

Examples of judgment

  1. We have to make a judgment about the value of their services.

  2. The judgment of the editors is final.

  3. Don't rush to judgment without examining the evidence.

  4. Were his policies good or bad? I'll have to reserve judgment on that. It's too soon to know.

  5. Use your own best judgment.

  6. The court granted a judgment in favor of the plaintiffs.

  7. the judgment of the court

  8. I won a judgment against the bank.

13th Century

First Known Use of judgment

13th century

Variants of judgment

or judge·ment play \ˈjəj-mənt\

Synonym Discussion of judgment

sense, common sense, judgment, wisdom mean ability to reach intelligent conclusions. sense implies a reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence <a choice showing good sense>. common sense suggests an average degree of such ability without sophistication or special knowledge <common sense tells me it's wrong>. judgment implies sense tempered and refined by experience, training, and maturity <they relied on her judgment for guidance>. wisdom implies sense and judgment far above average <a leader of rare wisdom>.

JUDGMENT Defined for Kids


noun judg·ment \ˈjəj-mənt\

Definition of judgment

  1. 1 :  a decision or opinion (as of a court) given after careful consideration

  2. 2 :  an opinion or estimate formed by examining and comparing <This one's the best in my judgment.>

  3. 3 :  the ability for reaching a decision after careful consideration <I trust your judgment.>

Variants of judgment

or judge·ment \ˈjəj-mənt\

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February 13, 2016

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