English [ edit ]
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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , borrowed from juggement Old French , from jugement Late Latin , from iūdicāmentum Latin . Displaced native English iūdicō .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
judgment ( , countable and uncountable plural )
The act of
power or faculty of performing such operations; especially, when unqualified, the faculty of judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely
a man of judgment a politician without judgment
Psalms 72:2 ( King James Version).
He shall judge thy people with righteousness and thy poor with judgment. Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, I-i
Hermia. I would my father look'd but with my eyes. Theseus. Rather your eyes must with his judgment look. The
conclusion or result of judging; an opinion; a decision.
1589–93 William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, IV:iv
She in my judgment was as fair as you. 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 14:
Not from the stars do I my
judgment pluck; And yet methinks I have astronomy ...
( law ) The act of determining, as in courts of law, what is conformable to law and justice; also, the determination, decision, or sentence of a court, or of a judge.
In judgments between rich and poor, consider not what the poor man needs, but what is his own. Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, IV-i
Most heartily I do beseech the court To give the judgment. ( theology ) The final award; the last sentence.
Usage notes [ edit ]
Judgment: Spelling for discussion of spelling usage of judgment versus judgement. Briefly, the form without the -e is preferred in American English, and in law globally, while the form with the -e is preferred in non-legal use in Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South African English.
, abridgment , and acknowledgment , lodgment judgment is sometimes written with ‘British’ spellings in American English, as (respectively, judgement , abridgement , and acknowledgement ).
The British spelling preserves the rule that G can only be soft while preceding an E, I, or Y.
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Translations [ edit ]
power or faculty of making a judgment
conclusion or result of judging
(law) act of determining what is conformable to law
(theology) final award; the last sentence
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