(1)   The act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event
"They criticized my judgment of the contestants"
(2)   (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
(3)   The capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions
(4)   The mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
(5)   The cognitive process of reaching a decision or drawing conclusions
(6)   An opinion formed by judging something
"He was reluctant to make his judgment known"
"She changed her mind"
(7)   The legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision
"Opinions are usually written by a single judge"


  1. The act of judging.
  2. The power or faculty of performing such operations; especially, when unqualified, the faculty of judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely; as, 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.
  3. The conclusion or result of judging; an opinion; a decision.
    • Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, IV-iv
      She in my judgment was as fair as you.
  4. 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.
    • Jeremy Taylor.
      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.
  5. The final award; the last sentence.

Usage notes

Spelling: Judgment, abridgment, acknowledgment, and lodgment are sometimes written with English spellings in American English: judgement, abridgement, acknowledgement and lodgement.