January 13, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
judgment /ˈʤʌʤmənt/ noun
judgment
/ˈʤʌʤmənt/
noun

or chiefly British judgement

plural judgments

The couple is making a judgment about which paint color will look best.
The couple is making a judgment about which paint color will look best.
Learner's definition of JUDGMENT

1 a [count] : an opinion or decision that is based on careful thought

  • We have to make a judgment about the value of their services.

  • In my judgment [=opinion], the stock has performed badly. = It is my judgment that the stock has performed badly.

  • The judgment of the editors is final.

b [noncount] : the act or process of forming an opinion or making a decision after careful thought : the act of judging something or someone

  • Don't rush to judgment without examining the evidence.

  • It would be premature to pass judgment on [=to state an opinion on] his place in history.

  • Don't pass judgment on me [=don't criticize me] until you know all the facts.

  • “Were his policies good or bad?” “I'll have to reserve/suspend judgment on that. It's too soon to know.”

2 [noncount] : the ability to make good decisions about what should be done

  • Use your own best judgment.

  • He showed bad judgment. = He showed a lack of judgment.

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