Definition of judgement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also judgment especially in North American English) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒʌdʒmənt//
    ; NAmE 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 judgement She showed a lack of judgement when she gave Mark the job. It's not something I can give you rules for; you'll have to use your judgement. He achieved his aim more by luck than judgement. The accident was caused by an error of judgement on the part of the pilot.
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] judgement (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 judgement about the situation. Who am I to pass judgement on her behaviour? (= to criticize it) I'd like to reserve judgement until I see the report. It was, in her judgement, the wrong thing to do. I did it against my better judgement (= although I thought it was perhaps the wrong thing to do).
  3. 3(also judgment) [countable, uncountable] the decision of a court or a judge a judgment from the European Court of Justice 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] judgement (on something) (formal) something bad that happens to somebody that is thought to be a punishment from God
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French jugement, from juger ‘to judge’.Extra examples Experience helps us to form judgements as to the best course of action in given circumstances. He felt he had no right to sit in judgement on someone he had only just met. He never allows any prejudices to colour his judgement. He trusted his wife’s judgement. His emotions may have clouded his editorial judgement. How much money you should invest is a matter of judgement. I don’t think he’s dishonest, but I question his judgement. I hate having to make snap judgements. I’m not equipped to pass judgement on such matters. It is too soon to reach any definitive judgement. It’s difficult to form a judgement when you don’t have all the facts. It’s hard to render a judgement on what happened. Landing a plane requires fine judgement. Our judgements must be based on our knowledge and experience. Remember to be tactful when expressing a personal judgement. She has a reputation for sound professional judgement. She must make her own judgement about when to go. The company backed her judgement and implemented all her recommendations. The court reserved judgement on the two appeals. The inspector’s function is not merely to pronounce judgement, but also to suggest improvements. The sacked workers won a judgement against the company. The speaker showed good judgement in his choice of topic. They are trying to get the judgement reversed. They obtained a judgement in their favour. This latest case confirms my earlier judgement. What, in your judgement, would be the best way to deal with the problem? Whether or not to prescribe an antibiotic in this case is a judgement call. You will need to exercise your own judgement about what clothes to wear. He’s always very ready to pass judgement on others. I gave him the money against my better judgement. I’d like to reserve judgement until I see the report. In her judgement, it was the wrong thing to do. It’s not for me to make any judgements about the situation.Idioms
    sit in judgement (on/over/upon somebody)
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    to decide whether somebody’s behaviour is right or wrong, especially when you have no right to do this How dare you sit in judgement on me?