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

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That isn’t a value judgment, or even necessarily a criticism. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Paul Ryan just let Trump off the hook on Putin," 17 July 2018 Our decision to opt out of the term isn’t an effort to place a value judgment on the term, or even to make a big statement. Time, "The Boss: Why I Decided to Create a Lingerie Company With 70 Bra Sizes," 22 June 2018 As Diane Coyle of Cambridge University has argued, the decision to exclude unpaid work may reflect the value judgments of the (mostly male) officials who first ran statistical agencies. The Economist, "Economists focus too little on what people really care about," 3 May 2018 The former would be a value judgment; the latter is a business decision. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The systemic problem with pro-Trump media, in one quote," 14 May 2018 Bias training typically starts with taking the Harvard Implicit Association Test, which measures automatic associations between categories of people and value judgments through a series of multiple-choice questions. NBC News, "How training doctors in implicit bias could save the lives of black mothers," 11 May 2018 The ensuing backlash to the story centered on the Times’ unwillingness to make a value judgment on Trump’s behavior. Lucas Mann, The Atlantic, "What Exactly Makes Trump a 'Reality-TV President'?," 30 Apr. 2018 The concept of fault is a value judgment, not an objective assessment, and responsibility exists in the eye of the beholder. Jay Willis, GQ, "The Florida Shooter's Ties to White Supremacy Shouldn't Surprise Anyone [Updating]," 15 Feb. 2018 In shaping the economy, liberalism renders a value judgment that the economy should be more equal and just than market forces naturally produce. Cameron Smith,, "A conservative's take on modern liberalism," 24 Dec. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of value judgment

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

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