From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishjudgmentjudg‧ment (also judgement British English) /ˈdʒʌdʒmənt/ ●●○ W2 noun 1 opinion [countable, uncountable]OPINION 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]JUDGE 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.professional/personal etc 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 [countable, uncountable]JUDGE 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)5 → judgment call → last judgment, value judgment, → sit in judgment at sit(10)COLLOCATIONSverbsmake a judgmentIt's too soon to make a judgment about what the outcome will be.form a judgment (=make a judgment)I prefer to form my own judgments, rather than relying on other people's opinions.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.reserve judgment (=not decide your opinion before you have all the facts)Why don't you reserve judgment until you have finished the book?base a judgment on something (=make a judgment because of something )His judgment was based on bad information.adjectivesa moral judgment (=based on what you think is right)People are always making moral judgments about weight loss.a snap judgment (=made quickly)In my business, I often have to make snap judgments about people.phrasesagainst your better judgment (=even though you think your action might be wrong)I lent him the money, against my better judgment.
Examples from the Corpusjudgment• The court did not alter the $2,500 judgment.• I trust your judgment, Phyllis.pass judgment (on something)• He never passed judgment about the wishes; he just granted them impassively.• No longer is it tainted as mystic, for here, with no one passing judgment, no experience is tainted.• They pass judgment on an accused taking into account the gravity of the crime and the circumstances of the accused.• Like everyone else, they will be able to pass judgment by means of the ballot box.• The duty of the court is neither to make nor to alter nor to pass judgment on the law.• Managers will often find it difficult not to pass judgment on subordinates automatically.• We had filed suit to pass judgment on Harvester.• I used to pass judgment on sight.From Longman Business Dictionaryjudgmentjudg‧ment /ˈdʒʌdʒmənt/ (also judgement British English) noun1[countable] an opinion formed or a decision made after careful thoughtTraders said they would wait to see more economic data before making a judgement about the economy.Mr Overs has said he is reserving judgment (=not forming an opinion until all the facts are available) on the deal.2[uncountable] the ability to make good decisionsThere is no substitute for common sense and good business judgment.The company has shown poor judgment in its investment strategy.3[countable]LAW a decision made by a court of lawThe former president of the company now faces a $2.2 million federal court judgment against him.Marx sued his employer and won a judgment for £25,000.The court upheld a judgment (=said that another court’s judgment was correct) in the firm’s favor. → default judgment → deficiency judgment