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 judgmental (audio) \ adverb

Examples of judgmental in a Sentence

He's judgmental about everyone except himself. You should try to avoid being so judgmental.
Recent Examples on the Web Be willing to listen to both sides of a discussion or debate without being judgmental. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 14, 2021: Taurus, make a change; Sagittarius, listen to both sides," 14 Jan. 2021 One of my goals is to engage with people who have very different points of view from me, politically, to be curious, instead of being judgmental or close minded. Ryan Prior, CNN, "How to harness brain science for a better life, explained by a neuroscientist," 30 Dec. 2020 The film offers an unflinching, yet non-judgmental portrait of a raging alcoholic. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Best of 2020 (Behind the Scenes): Why Mank recreated the 'Rosebud' shot from Citizen Kane," 4 Dec. 2020 Is your guy angry, judgmental and controlling about your money choices? Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Debt burden delays possible proposal," 11 Dec. 2020 This caused some people to be judgmental and there was some criticism. Andrew Canulette, NOLA.com, "Chamber of Commerce leader says supporting local business critical as ever this holiday season," 14 Dec. 2020 There had been something—what was the word?—something modest about declining to be judgmental, no matter how great the temptation. Salman Rushdie, The New Yorker, "The Old Man in the Piazza," 16 Nov. 2020 Gallagher has been telling people to end each day with some non-judgmental observation: taking a few moments to consider what went well and what didn’t, then how to recreate more of the former and minimize the latter going forward. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, "How to Handle Election Anxiety, According to Mental Health Experts," 1 Nov. 2020 Charles’ beloved great uncle and the father figure the judgmental Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies) can’t manage to be. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: New season of ‘The Crown’ is packed with TV riches," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of judgmental

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of judgmental was in 1834

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10 Feb 2021

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“Judgmental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judgmental. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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