judg·​men·​tal | \ ˌjəj-ˈmen-tᵊl \

Definition of judgmental

1 : of, relating to, or involving judgment a judgmental error
2 : characterized by a tendency to judge harshly judgmental prigs

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Other Words from judgmental

judgmentally \ ˌjəj-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of judgmental in a Sentence

He's judgmental about everyone except himself. You should try to avoid being so judgmental.

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Hopefully this time, her mommy shamers will think twice before writing something hurtful and judgmental. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tori Roloff Shuts Down Shamers After Getting a Lot of "Negative Comments" on Instagram," 17 Dec. 2018 Whether that’s voyeuristic of judgmental or nosy depends on your definition. refinery29.com, "Why Curtis Sittenfeld Will (Probably) Never Write a Melania Trump Novel," 17 May 2018 David Foster may be twice Katharine McPhee's age, but the pair haven't let their 34-year age gap – or judgmental comments – get between them. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Katharine McPhee and David Foster's whirlwind May-December romance: A relationship timeline," 1 Sep. 2018 Why not fill in blanks with the least judgmental option? Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Friend inserts God into every conversation," 24 June 2018 Fonny grew up there, too, with his alcoholic father (Michael Beach), unforgivingly pietistic mother (Aunjanue Ellis), and judgmental sisters (Ebony Obsidian and Dominique Thorne). Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "If Beale Street Could Talk adapts James Baldwin’s novel into a haunting, gorgeous film," 18 Sep. 2018 The main thing to remember is to be supportive and not judgmental. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Here's How To Help A Friend Who's Struggling," 10 Oct. 2018 Partly for that reason, institute reports do not assess blame, and any criticism of a fire department’s actions is handed out with non-judgmental diplomacy. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 Feelings about politics usually engage the fast, judgmental system rather than the slow, deliberative one. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of judgmental

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of judgmental

disapproving : tending to judge people too quickly and critically
: of, relating to, or involving judgment

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