value judgment


Definition of value judgment

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

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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 Dear Upset: Nothing in my answer conveyed a value judgment about pot use. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Genealogy sleuth finds no DNA connection between cousins," 9 Apr. 2021 Nowadays lines are a fact of life, stripped of value judgment. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, "Our Lines, Our Selves: What the Things We Wait For Say About Us," 17 Feb. 2021 This is not a value judgment on the goodness or evil of SUVs. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "Turn up the sport, turn down the utility: The 2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M," 20 Sep. 2020 Many in the public health community have deemed the protests worth the risks; that's a value judgment. Faye Flam Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "'Follow the science' is a slogan, not a strategy," 15 Sep. 2020 This is not a value judgment but a description of the industry’s business model. Harper's Magazine, "Letters," 30 Mar. 2020 Furthermore, the public and our governmental leaders must recognize that medical solutions take time: Interpretations of risk include a value judgment, diagnoses are not always clear, and treatment studies need to be repeated. Alan C. Love, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Evaluating risk and medical treatment in the time of coronavirus," 7 May 2020 This is not a value judgment but a description of the industry’s business model. Harper's Magazine, "Letters," 30 Mar. 2020 The people know that their value judgments are quite as good as those taught in any law school – maybe better. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "‘Common-Good Constitutionalism’ Is No Alternative to Originalism," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of value judgment

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of value judgment was in 1889

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13 Apr 2021

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“Value judgment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of value judgment

: a personal opinion about how good or bad someone or something is

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