non·​judg·​men·​tal | \ ˌnän-ˌjəj-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce nonjudgmental (audio) \

Definition of nonjudgmental

: avoiding judgments based on one's personal and especially moral standards

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nonjudgmentally adverb

Examples of nonjudgmental in a Sentence

A good friend is nonjudgmental.

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One painful exchange with a woman dependent on drugs to cope with trauma devastates for Hill’s robust faculty to share utterly nonjudgmental love. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?’ relays African American anger," 5 Sep. 2019 Universities and educators should double down on respectful, nonjudgmental engagement, mindful that the students may feel compelled to appear to defend the Chinese government. Yaqiu Wang, Twin Cities, "Yaqiu Wang: Why so many Chinese students can’t understand the Hong Kong protests," 27 Aug. 2019 Conversations about teaching and learning consent led to conversations about control over one’s own body and the right to accurate, nonjudgmental information about health and sexuality. NBC News, "How #MeToo is changing sex ed policies, even in red states," 8 Aug. 2019 This expresses your intention to be a reliable, nonjudgmental ally whose love and support aren’t contingent on your friend making certain choices. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Helpful Things to Say to Someone in an Abusive Relationship—and 3 to Avoid," 23 May 2019 Avoid misunderstandings by being open and nonjudgmental to people's attempts at humor. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for July 5, 2019: Libra avoid unnecessary struggles; Pisces, choose not to respond, yet," 5 July 2019 Kidman’s nonjudgmental inhabiting of Celeste’s oscillations continues to be exceptional. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Big Little Lies” Season 2, Reviewed: Meryl, Meryl, Meryl," 9 June 2019 The nurses offer solid, nonjudgmental advice on subjects like breastfeeding, communicating and bonding with infants and, if necessary, how to quit smoking or drinking. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Aggression in Boys Is a Family Matter," 24 Jan. 2019 In addition to perpetual self-improvement, much of what these gurus are selling is a nonjudgmental ear or a place to unload anxiety. Justine Harman, Glamour, "These Self-Help Gurus Might Not Have Have Formal Training—But They Promise to Change Your Life," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of nonjudgmental

1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nonjudgmental

: tending not to judge other people harshly or unfairly : not too critical of other people

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