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[ non-juhj-men-tl ]
/ ˌnɒn dʒʌdʒˈmɛn tl /


not judged or judging on the basis of one's personal standards or opinions: They tried to adopt a nonjudgmental attitude that didn't reflect their own biases. My guidance counselor in high school was sympathetic and nonjudgmental.



Nearby words

nonionic detergent, noniron, nonisolated proteinuria, nonissue, nonjoinder, nonjudgmental, nonjuror, nonjurors, nonlamellar bone, nonleaded, nonlegal

Origin of nonjudgmental

First recorded in 1960–65; non- + judgmental
Related formsnon·judg·men·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-judgmental

  • With Sinclair as our non-judgmental guide, we see that these revelations are not meant to shock us but, perhaps, enlighten us.

    ‘High Maintenance,’ Like a Good High, Is Funny and Sometimes Unsettling|Caitlin Dickson|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • Williams was far more emotionally fragile than Kazan would ever be; he was a sympathetic, non-judgmental ear.

  • So Huckabee needs to show some non-judgmental leg on modernity, and going after Portman is not the way to do it.

  • They offered the non-judgmental comfort of flannel pajamas while creating the illusion that aerobic activity was on the horizon.

    Our Sweatpants Nightmare|Sean Macaulay|January 17, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for non-judgmental



/ (ˌnɒndʒʌdʒˈmɛntəl) /


of, relating to, or denoting an attitude, approach, etc, that is open and not incorporating a judgment one way or the other
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for non-judgmental



also nonjudgmental, 1965, from non- + judgmental.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper