value judgment


noun

an estimate, usually subjective, of the worth, quality, goodness, evil, etc., of something or someone.

Origin of value judgment

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for value judgment

  • 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

a subjective assessment based on one's own code of values or that of one's class
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Culture definitions for value judgment

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.

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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