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

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was ejected after a judgment call by the umpiring crew took a run off the board in the fourth inning of Sunday’s Father’s Day matinee with the Boston Red Sox. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles manager Brandon Hyde ejected after Orioles lose run on interference call," 16 June 2019 Cataloging organisms, fitting them into the tree of life, involves more judgment calls. Quanta Magazine, "At Tiny Scales, a Giant Burst on Tree of Life," 28 July 2015 Most things, and particularly creative things, are a judgment call. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Meg Whitman Wants to Change What You Watch," 20 Dec. 2018 Consequently, the methodology for a study like this is going to be full of assumptions and judgment calls. David Roberts, Vox, "Putting a dollar value on one of oil’s biggest subsidies: military protection," 21 Sep. 2018 The drastically conflicting statements, delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee in dramatic testimony that carried echoes of the 1991 Anita Hill hearings, left senators to make a judgment call on whose story is accurate. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Bar Association asks to delay Brett Kavanaugh vote until FBI investigates," 29 Sep. 2018 An elections canvassing board then began formally recording the results and inspecting ballots that required a judgment call. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Manual Recount Under Way in Florida’s Tight Senate Race," 16 Nov. 2018 In the weeks leading up the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans were fighting to maintain control of both the House and the Senate in a cycle that let voters make a judgment call not just about their lawmakers but about Trump’s presidency. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020," 12 Nov. 2018 Election officials would have to make a lot of judgment calls, and in a close race, the result would depend on which after-the-election changes election officials allowed. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Blockchain-based elections would be a disaster for democracy," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of judgment call

1847, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of judgment call

: a decision that is based on your opinion

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