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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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 Fred is a judgmental jerk to Eden’s father, while Serena is gentle and sympathetic to Mr. Spencer. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 The pursuit of pleasure ends in punishment, an outcome that satisfies both our judgmental and our masochistic urges. New York Times, "Beautiful People in European Villas: a Film Genre of Its Own," 15 May 2018 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

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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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