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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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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My hours on YouTube loomed large on a bar graph - tsk-tsking me like a nosy, judgmental friend. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "I had a bit of an app addiction. Until these apps saved me.," 5 July 2018 The triggers of your toddler's dinnertime tantrums, over the course of his or her early years, might not be the same, but one thing remains constant, every single time — those deadpan, judgmental stares from other people in the restaurant. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Dad Posts Photo of Child's Restaurant Tantrum to Help Irritated Diners Understand," 9 Mar. 2017 Considering the authors’ lifestyles, the books read as less judgmental of their promiscuous female characters. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 Be sympathetic, non-judgmental, patient and accepting. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stigma of suicide: Mom of teen found by former Wauwatosa alderman speaks out," 27 June 2018 And there is so much fighting that becomes ugly and judgmental and Charles was not like that. Fox News, "Dana Perino on learning from Charles Krauthammer," 22 June 2018 Bill Plaschke's warm-and-fuzzy welcome back article for Tiger Woods is out of character for the his usual judgmental attitude. latimes.com, "Letters: Jansen will get no relief from the fans," 7 Apr. 2018 Against the grain of much liberal thinking, Reich acknowledges that promoting civic virtue requires being judgmental about what moral attitudes and qualities of character our public life should affirm and promote. Michael J. Sandel, New York Times, "Robert B. Reich’s Recipe for a Just Society," 2 Apr. 2018 With the love and support of community come long memories and, at times, the fear of a judgmental look. Redbook, "Postcards From the Road: How Travel Helps Us Be Better Parents (And People)," 26 July 2011

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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

: tending to judge people too quickly and critically

: of, relating to, or involving judgment

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