judgment call


Definition of judgment call

: a subjective decision, ruling, or opinion

Examples of judgment call in a Sentence

The rules aren't clear in this case, so officials are required to make a judgment call.
Recent Examples on the Web As a newsroom of 66 journalists, the Plain Dealer’s choices to cover or not cover something is a judgment call, Quinn said. Washington Post, "A newspaper has a novel strategy for covering one politician’s falsehoods: Don’t," 15 Mar. 2021 Determining that a sentence was excessive is a judgment call, which is why a President has broad clemency discretion. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Pardons—Good, Bad and Ugly," 20 Jan. 2021 Smith's strategy is a bit of a judgment call — and one that isn't be suggested by everyone. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Fake jobless claims now trigger tax troubles for victims," 28 Jan. 2021 What’s more, the decision of whether to admit a patient to the hospital is a judgment call; early on, some gravely ill COVID-19 patients were known to have stayed home when health-care systems were overwhelmed. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "COVID-19 cases surge but deaths don’t -- the reason? Age," 24 Nov. 2020 That’s a judgment call the platforms are completely unqualified to make. Jon Healey, Star Tribune, "New York Post puts Twitter and Facebook in a no-win position with Hunter Biden allegations," 16 Oct. 2020 Deciding how much revenue to book for vaccine supplies in a particular period can be a tricky judgment call, accountants say. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccine Makers to Face Challenges When Recognizing Revenue," 22 Oct. 2020 Verifying a signature typically requires a ballot-by-ballot examination and a judgment call by a panel or election officials. USA Today, "More than 1 million people could lose their vote on Nov. 3. That’s the best-case scenario," 8 Oct. 2020 For too many Americans, the simple expedient of wearing masks is perceived as a judgment call — something done out of an overabundance of caution, or blind obedience to liberal dogma. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "A grim milestone for COVID-19: 200,000," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of judgment call

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of judgment call was in 1847

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28 Mar 2021

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“Judgment call.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judgment%20call. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of judgment call

: a decision that is based on your opinion

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