judgment or judgement


judgment or judgement
judg|ment or judge|ment [ `dʒʌdʒmənt ] noun **
1. ) count or uncount 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. ) uncount 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. ) count or uncount a decision that is made by a judge in a court of law: VERDICT:
the judgment handed down today by the Supreme Court
4. ) count something unpleasant that happens and is believed to be a punishment from God
against someone's better judgment
if someone does something against their better judgment, they do it even though they are not sure that it is a good idea:
I took his advice, somewhat against my better judgment.
more by luck than judgment MAINLY SPOKEN
used for saying that something happened because of luck and not because of someone's skill or intelligence
sit/stand in judgment on someone/over someone
to criticize someone in a way that shows you think you are better than they are:
What right do you have to sit in judgment over me?
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Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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