- an act or instance of judging.
- the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion: a man of sound judgment.
- the demonstration or exercise of such ability or capacity: The major was decorated for the judgment he showed under fire.
- the forming of an opinion, estimate, notion, or conclusion, as from circumstances presented to the mind: Our judgment as to the cause of his failure must rest on the evidence.
- the opinion formed: He regretted his hasty judgment.
- a judicial decision given by a judge or court.
- the obligation, especially a debt, arising from a judicial decision.
- the certificate embodying such a decision and issued against the obligor, especially a debtor.
- a misfortune regarded as inflicted by divine sentence, as for sin.
- (usually initial capital letter) Also called Last Judgment, Final Judgment. the final trial of all people, both the living and dead, at the end of the world.
Origin of judgment
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Examples from the Web for judgement
“It would be a judgement call made based on their character at that moment,” he says.People Are Using Instagram to Sell Their Guns...and It’s Mostly Legal
October 22, 2013
But it's one thing to judge them, and another to impose your judgement coercively.Should We Force Other Countries to Be Safe?
April 30, 2013
I know, it feels like we're riding an exciting wave away from the moral dark ages and into the bright, judgement free future.Why Gay Marriage Will Win, and Sexual Freedom Will Lose
March 26, 2013
(And we wouldn't collect much if we did: most criminals are judgement proof).Should Prosecutors Pay the Defense Costs of Anyone Who Secures a "Not Guilty" Verdict?
January 29, 2013
On the other hand, a $10 million judgement against Ford gets you $10 million.Are Driverless Cars Really in Our Near Future?
January 24, 2013
If any man call these things foolishness, his judgement is to me insignificant.A Dish Of Orts
His compassion was as genuine as his shrinking had been, and in his judgement more honourable.Victory
For has he not proposed a dispute, and submitted himself to everybody's judgement?
What could be keener or nobler or nicer than Linacre's judgement?
There is no judgement and no comment, but only the thing as it was.The Legacy of Greece
- the faculty of being able to make critical distinctions and achieve a balanced viewpoint; discernment
- the decision or verdict pronounced by a court of law
- an obligation arising as a result of such a decision or verdict, such as a debt
- the document recording such a decision or verdict
- (as modifier)a judgment debtor
- the formal decision of one or more judges at a contest or competition
- a particular decision or opinion formed in a case in dispute or doubt
- an estimationa good judgment of distance
- criticism or censure
- the act of establishing a relation between two or more terms, esp as an affirmation or denial
- the expression of such a relation
- against one's better judgment contrary to a more appropriate or preferred course of action
- sit in judgment
- to preside as judge
- to assume the position of critic
- in someone's judgment in someone's opinion
- the estimate by God of the ultimate worthiness or unworthiness of the individual (the Particular Judgment) or of all mankind (the General Judgment or Last Judgment)
- God's subsequent decision determining the final destinies of all individuals
Word Origin and History for judgement
see judgment. Related: Judgemental.
mid-13c., "action of trying at law, trial," also "capacity for making decisions," from Old French jugement "legal judgment; diagnosis; the Last Judgment" (11c.), from jugier (see judge (v.)). From late 13c. as "penalty imposed by a court;" early 14c. as "any authoritative decision, verdict." From c.1300 in referfence to the Last Judgment. Also from c.1300 as "opinion." Sense of "discernment" is first recorded 1530s.
Idioms and Phrases with judgement
see against one's better judgment; snap judgment.