Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

judgment

noun
     
judg‧ment W2 also judgement British English
1

opinion

[uncountable and countable] an opinion that you form, especially after thinking carefully about something:
It's too soon to make a judgment about what the outcome will be.
In my judgment, we should accept his offer.
pass judgment (on something) (=give your opinion, especially a negative one)
Our aim is to help him, not to pass judgment on what he has done.
I'd advise you to reserve judgment (=not decide your opinion before you have all the facts).
against your better judgment (=even though you do not think it is a sensible thing to do)
I lent him the money, against my better judgment.
2

ability to decide

[uncountable] the ability to make sensible decisions about what to do and when to do it:
I've known him for years and I trust his judgment.
The minister showed a lack of political judgment.
a decision based on sound judgment (=good judgment)
Watch carefully and use your judgment.

➔ error of judgment

at error (3)
3

law

[uncountable and countable] an official decision given by a judge or a court of law:
The company were fined £6 million, following a recent court judgment.
4

a judgment (on somebody/something)

formal something bad that happens to someone and seems like a punishment for the things they have done wrong
5

judgment call

American English informal a decision you have to make yourself because there are no fixed rules in a situation

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary