value judgment


: a judgment assigning a value (such as good or bad) to something

Examples of value judgment in a Sentence

I am not making value judgments, I am simply presenting the facts. lexicographers do not make value judgments about words when deciding whether they should be entered in the dictionary
Recent Examples on the Web There are no value judgments to the word Propaganda. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 28 July 2023 Courtesy of Max In the first five episodes of season 2, Che finds themselves in the world of Hollywood and its meticulous value judgments. Justin Kirkland, ELLE, 13 July 2023 Change is different and the value judgment on AI is yet to be determined and will evolve quickly. Karen Hill, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Somehow voters were supposed to make value judgments about these nominees without debate or communication of any kind, and without mechanisms for feedback to improve the nominee selection or voting processes. Allyson McCabe, Vulture, 28 Apr. 2023 Baron had described criticisms of the practice of objective journalism—things like blindness to one’s own biases, making value judgments for storytelling purposes, and bothsidesism—but only defended the ideals those practices in theory were meant to uphold. Max Moran, The New Republic, 4 Apr. 2023 Instead of being able to choose between plans based on easy-to-measure financial outcomes and transparent decision-making, workers’ retirement savings will be subjected to the undisclosed value judgments of their plans’ fiduciaries. WSJ, 7 Mar. 2023 This is not a value judgment. Forbeswomen Voices, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 There’s no value judgment. cleveland, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of value judgment was in 1889

Dictionary Entries Near value judgment

Cite this Entry

“Value judgment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

value judgment

: a judgment assigning a value (as good or bad) to something
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