judg·ment noun \ˈjəj-mənt\
: 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
a : a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion
b : an opinion so pronounced
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
a capitalized : the final judging of humankind by God
b : a divine sentence or decision; specifically : a calamity held to be sent by God
a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing
b : an opinion or estimate so formed
a : the capacity for judging : discernment
b : the exercise of this capacity
: a proposition stating something believed or asserted
Examples of JUDGMENT
- We have to make a judgment about the value of their services.
- The judgment of the editors is final.
- Don't rush to judgment without examining the evidence.
- “Were his policies good or bad?” “I'll have to reserve judgment on that. It's too soon to know.”
- Use your own best judgment.
- The court granted a judgment in favor of the plaintiffs.
- the judgment of the court
- I won a judgment against the bank.
First Known Use of JUDGMENT
judgment noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
In law, a formal decision or determination on a matter or case by a court. Judgments are classified as in personam, in rem, and quasi in rem. A judgment in personam determines the rights and liabilities of a particular person. A judgment in rem affects the status of a particular thing (e.g., an item of property). The designation quasi in rem describes a judgment in which a person's property is subject to court control to satisfy a claim against the person. The court has at its disposal the power to punish for contempt any party that does not adhere to its orders. See also appeal; declaratory judgment; demurrer.
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