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judgmentnoun [C/U]

(also judgement)  us   /ˈdʒʌdʒ·mənt/

judgment noun [C/U] (DECISIONS)

the ​ability to make ​decisions or to make good ​decisions, or the ​act of ​developing an ​opinion, esp. after ​carefulthought: [U] to show good/​poor judgment [U] They questioned his judgment in ​buyingland he had never ​seen. A judgment is a ​decision: [C] We were ​asked to make a ​number of ​difficult judgments.

judgment noun [C/U] (LAW)

a ​decision in a ​court of ​law
(Definition of judgment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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(also judgement) uk   us   /ˈdʒʌdʒ.mənt/

judgment noun (DECIDE)

C2 [U] the ​ability to ​formvaluableopinions and make good ​decisions: to show good/​sound/​poor judgment I don't ​think you have the ​right to pass judgment (onothers) (= to say whether you ​think other ​people are good or ​bad). I'm going to reserve judgment (on the ​decision) (= not say whether I ​think it is good or ​bad) for the ​time being.B2 [C] a ​decision or ​opinion about someone or something that you ​form after ​thinkingcarefully: It ​proveddifficult to come to/​form/make a judgment about how well the ​school was ​performing.in sb's judgment according to someone's ​opinion: In my judgment, we should ​let the ​solicitordeal with this.
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judgment noun (LEGAL)

[C or U] an ​officiallegaldecision: It is the judgment of this ​court that you are ​guilty of ​murder. We are still ​waiting for the ​court to pass/​pronounce judgment (= give a ​decision) on the ​case.
(Definition of judgment from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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(UK also judgement) uk   us   /ˈdʒʌdʒmənt/
[C or U] a decision that you make, or an ​opinion that you have, after considering all the facts in a ​situation: Shareholders should back the company's judgement and take up their ​rights. Financial ​analysts make informed judgments about how ​stockmarkets are likely to ​perform.make/form/reach a judgment (about/on sth) We tend to make judgments about ​people at ​workbased on our first ​impressions.
[U] the ​ability to make good decisions or to ​form sensible ​opinions about something: Careful judgement will be needed in deciding whether it is ​tradepolicy or ​environmentalpolicy which must be ​adjusted. Newspaper ​editors are sometimes guilty of errors in judgement.sound/good/poor judgment Sound judgment is ​essential because decisions we make directly affect people's ​health and ​safety. professional/​business judgmentexercise/use your judgment We rely on ​trustees to ​exercise their judgment in ​overseeingfinancialprocedurestrust/doubt/question sb's judgment Junior ​employees are often reluctant to ​question the judgment of their ​bosses. People should not be ​forced, against their better judgment, into taking out ​loans they cannot ​repay.in sb's judgment In my judgement, this is the biggest ​foreignpolicy mistake the country has ever made.
[C or U] LAW a ​final decision made by a ​judge in a ​court of ​law: HM Revenue & ​Customs is using the recent judgement to argue that UK ​shareholders in ​offshorecompanies should ​payincometax.judgment against sb/sth They ​won a $2.8 million judgment against the ​insurer for shortchanging them for storm ​damage to their ​home. a County Court/Supreme Court judgmenta €500,000/$16.8 million, etc. judgment She ​won a $450,000 judgment after convincing ​jurors she was ​subject to sexual ​harassment. hand down/​issue/​uphold a judgment
pass judgment to ​express an ​opinion, especially a criticism: It's up to our ​courtsystem, not ​individualcitizens, to ​pass judgment and punish them.pass judgment on sb/sth The ​shares were only ​floated this summer, so it is too early to ​pass judgement on their ​performance.
reserve judgment to wait until more ​information about something is ​available before ​expressing an ​opinion, making a decision, or taking ​action: People in the ​industry are ​reserving judgement until more details of the ​takeoveremerge.reserve judgment on/about sth The three ​appealjudgesreserved judgment on both ​cases.
sit in judgment on sb to criticize someone, especially when you have no ​right to do so: Campaigners insist it is the ​job of politicians to ​govern, not to sit in moral judgment on people's ​lifestyles.
(Definition of judgment from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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