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value judgment

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noun
  1. an estimate, usually subjective, of the worth, quality, goodness, evil, etc., of something or someone.
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Origin of value judgment

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Historical Examples

  • A value-judgment which is not also a judgment of existence is in the air; it is the baseless fabric of a vision.

    Outspoken Essays

    William Ralph Inge


British Dictionary definitions for value judgment

value judgment

noun
  1. a subjective assessment based on one's own code of values or that of one's class
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value judgment in Culture

value judgment

An assessment of a person, situation, or event. The term is often restricted to assessments that reveal the values of the person making the assessment rather than the objective realities of what is being assessed.

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Note

We often make value judgments without realizing that we are doing so. For example, a teacher who describes a student as “the best I've ever taught — very polite and obedient” is making a value judgment about the qualities (politeness and obedience) that make a student good.
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