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.

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This inexplicable judgment call goes to the spiritual aspect of hunting. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of a black bear, hunter gets a view from a nonhunter’s eyes," 5 June 2018 Richard Brown of Hartford, who represents Theodoss, said administrators and teachers have to make judgment calls every day. David Owens, courant.com, "Montville High Administrators Plead Not Guilty In 'Fight Club' Case," 7 June 2018 Now, the unforced error is a judgment call, with a healthy gray area. Craig O’shannessy, New York Times, "Why the Forced Error Does Not Get Its Due in Tennis," 8 June 2018 The plan doesn’t really make a judgment call on which route the county should take but provides flexibility, Willis said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "With lawsuits already filed over Zion landfill odor, residents wary of possible expansion," 7 June 2018 For men between 55 and 69, the evolution of both knowledge and medical practice have made the question of whether to get the PSA test a potentially complex judgment call. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Experts have new advice on prostate cancer screening. Here's why they put it back on the table," 8 May 2018 Designing a street includes an enormous number of judgment calls, having to do with questions of space, time, and information. Steven Higashide, The Atlantic, "The Design Bible That Changed How Americans Bike in Cities," 1 Mar. 2018 In Black’s first season, the Padres came within a judgment call of extending a wild-card tiebreaker game here. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rockies celebrate 2007 team with reunion, win over Padres," 15 Sep. 2017 These are not endorsed by the competition committee, which always has been against making judgment calls by the on-field officials reviewable, and are thus highly unlikely to be approved. Mark Maske, chicagotribune.com, "A new NFL catch rule faces one final obstacle at this week's NFL owners meeting," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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