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 Try and step back and see that the process is just that—a process—not a value judgment on you. 2. Cate Huston, Quartz at Work, "Three signs of a poor hiring process—and four ways to fix it," 10 Mar. 2020 This is not a value judgment but a description of the industry’s business model. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "Letters," 2 Mar. 2020 Now, admittedly, the above piece was written from the prism of my worldview, with all its ideological pretensions and value judgments. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Factcheckers Have Become the Janissaries of the Obama Legacy," 5 Feb. 2020 In a way, Top Ramen vs. wild turkey might fit into the same value judgment. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Those turkeys were fast,’ and other hunting stories," 9 Nov. 2019 During the twentieth century, a determined effort was made to reconstruct economics on the basis of rationality and scientific methods, with all value judgments excised. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The New Economics: Data, Inequality, and Politics," 22 Oct. 2019 So will innocent depictions of women doing shopping or men doing home improvement, for example, provided there are no accompanying value judgments. Billy Perrigo, Time, "The U.K. Just Banned 'Harmful Gender Stereotypes' in Advertising," 14 June 2019 Impulses are then urges to act based on value judgments. Massimo Pigliucci, Quartz, "This simple philosophy can calm your inner control freak," 17 June 2019 And, if nothing else, that was a business decision and a value judgment that could have gone another way. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Underworld of Online Content Moderation," 5 July 2019

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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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19 Mar 2020

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“Value judgment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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