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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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 We value judgment above all in public men and those who are entrusted with important affairs. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Judge, if You Must, but Curb the Glee: Notes from Las Vegas," 18 July 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 This is one reason why scientists need to be crystal-clear that fitness is a statement of fact and not a value judgment. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Debating the Evolution of Multicellularity," 25 Sep. 2013 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

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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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