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noun     judgment pronunciation in American English
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or judgement     judgement pronunciation in American English

  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an opinion that you have after thinking carefully about something
    judgment about:

    It is still too soon to form a judgment about this.

    make a judgment:

    He’s too quick to make judgments about other people.

    judgment on:

    You have to accept his judgment on the matter.

    pass judgment (=give your opinion, especially when it is a criticism):

    The counselor should not pass judgment or give advice.

    reserve judgment (=not give your opinion until you have more information):

    I’ll reserve judgment on him for now.

    in someone’s judgment:

    In her judgment, he was not very good at his job.

    judgment as to:

    The system allows us to make judgments as to its quality.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] your ability to understand a situation well and make good decisions

    The alcohol had adversely affected his judgment.

    use/exercise your judgment:

    Don’t ask me – use your own judgment.

    something clouds/impairs someone’s judgment (=makes it less effective):

    Just for a moment, anger clouded my professional judgment.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a decision that is made by a judge in a court of law

    the judgment handed down today by the Supreme Court

    Lord Haynes delivered a dissenting judgment in this particular case.

  4. 4
    [countable] something unpleasant that happens and is believed to be a punishment from God
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