judgmental

adjective
judg·​men·​tal | \ ˌjəj-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce judgmental (audio) \

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 How to pronounce judgmentally (audio) \ 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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Were there ever judgmental moments — the girls making snap decisions about their dates' equipment, maybe? Alex Rees, Cosmopolitan, "Q&A;: Everything You Need to Know About VH1's New Naked Dating Show," 17 July 2014 Even Rienda concedes that the vegan label can have a vaguely aggressive, judgmental undertone, particularly when it’s applied to fashion. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Vegan Fashion Week Is Coming to L.A.—And It’s About a Lot More Than Eco Leather and Faux Fur," 14 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of judgmental

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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judgmental

adjective

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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