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Definition of judgment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    judgment

     noun
    (also judgement) noun
    NAmE//ˈdʒʌdʒmənt//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the ability to make sensible decisions after carefully considering the best thing to do good/poor/sound judgment She showed a lack of judgment when she gave Mark the job. It's not something I can give you rules for; you'll have to use your judgment. He achieved his aim more by luck than judgment. The accident was caused by an error of judgment on the part of the pilot.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] judgment (of/about/on something) an opinion that you form about something after thinking about it carefully; the act of making this opinion known to others He refused to make a judgment about the situation. Who am I to pass judgment on her behavior? (= to criticize it) I'd like to reserve judgment until I see the report. It was,in her judgment, the wrong thing to do. I did it against my better judgment (= although I thought it was perhaps the wrong thing to do).
  3. 3 judgment [countable, uncountable] the decision of a court or a judge a judgment from the Court of Appeals The judgment will be given tomorrow. The court has yet to pass judgment (= say what its decision is) in this case.
  4. 4[countable, usually singular] judgment (on something) (formal) something bad that happens to someone that is thought to be a punishment from God
  5. Idioms
    sit in judgment (on/over/upon somebody)
     
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    to decide whether someone's behavior is right or wrong, especially when you have no right to do this How dare you sit in judgment on me?