judgment Definition

  • 1the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions
  • 2an opinion or conclusion
  • 3a formal decision given by a court

Using judgment: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "judgment" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She showed good judgment in choosing her friends.

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    The book is a harsh judgment of American society.

  • Example

    The judge's judgment was that the defendant was guilty.

  • Example

    I reserve judgment until I have all the facts.

judgment Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using judgment

  • a decision that is based on personal opinion or judgment rather than on rules or facts


    Whether to cancel the game due to bad weather is a judgment call.

  • to delay making a decision or forming an opinion until more information is available


    I'll reserve judgment until I hear both sides of the story.

  • to act as a judge or critic


    It's not my place to sit in judgment of other people's choices.

Phrases with judgment

  • to express an opinion or criticism about someone or something


    It's not fair to pass judgment on someone without knowing all the facts.

  • the ability to make good decisions based on careful thought and experience


    Her sound judgment helped her succeed in business.

  • to use one's own judgment or discretion in making a decision


    You need to exercise your own judgment when deciding whether to take the job offer.

Origins of judgment

from Old French 'jugement', from Latin 'judicium', from 'judex' (judge)


Summary: judgment in Brief

The term 'judgment' [juhj-muhnt] refers to the ability to make considered decisions or opinions, often based on careful thought and experience. It can also refer to formal decisions made by a court. Phrases like 'pass judgment on' and 'sound judgment' extend the concept, while idioms like 'judgment call' and 'reserve judgment' highlight the subjective nature of decision-making.

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