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 Determining good cause is a judgment call that varies according to who’s making it. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 For example, the aforementioned Secretary Hobby made a judgment call to expedite the approval of a polio vaccine, directly contributing to what may be one of the most important legacies of the Eisenhower administration. Radu Magdin, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Decades of research on school discipline has shown that when a judgment call is involved — such as whether to ticket someone for disorderly conduct for being disruptive or profane — students of color are disciplined more severely. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 6 May 2022 Many parents will want to test in that situation—t’s a judgment call. Tara Haelle, Wired, 5 Mar. 2022 Madison, who has guided more than 70 clients to the summit of Everest, believed that the threat of a lawsuit over a judgment call for safety was beyond the pale. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, 30 Dec. 2021 Guzman Aceves described targeting a 10-year payback period as a judgment call. Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2021 The somewhat gray aspect of whether to turn on your headlights when there is a modicum of natural light still available or emerging is one that drivers make a judgment call about. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 This test requires you to make a personal judgment call, but my research has found that the most effective goals are going to fall somewhere around Choice 4. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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1 Jul 2022

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“Judgment call.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judgment%20call. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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