Other forms: judgements

Judgement is a British spelling of the word usually spelled in North America as "judgment," without the "e." If you're going to sit in judgement of proper spelling, make sure you're sitting on the eastern side of the Atlantic.

The spellings judgement and judgment have both been available since the sixteenth century. Americans have opted for the "e"-less spelling, while judgement has lingered in the U.K. But even there, judgment has now become the conventional spelling in legal usage. Use your judg(e)ment when deciding how to spell this word, and leave out the "e" for an American audience.

Definitions of judgement
  1. noun
    the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event
    synonyms: assessment, judgment
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    judgment involved in the determination of rights and the assignment of rewards and punishments
    the final judgment in a legal proceeding; the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented
    the act of disapproving or condemning
    evaluation, rating
    act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of
    estimate, estimation
    a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody
    logistic assessment
    a judgment of the logistic support required for some particular military operation
    value judgement, value judgment
    an assessment that reveals more about the values of the person making the assessment than about the reality of what is assessed
    administration, judicature
    the act of meting out justice according to the law
    grading, marking, scoring
    evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score
    an expert estimation of the quality, quantity, and other characteristics of someone or something
    judgments about another person's morality
    capitalisation, capitalization
    an estimation of the value of a business
    disparagement, dispraise
    the act of speaking contemptuously of
    (law) the act of condemning (as land forfeited for public use) or judging to be unfit for use (as a food product or an unsafe building)
    branding, stigmatisation, stigmatization
    the act of stigmatizing
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    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  2. noun
    the cognitive process of reaching a decision or drawing conclusions
    synonyms: judging, judgment
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    prejudgement, prejudgment
    a judgment reached before the evidence is available
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    deciding, decision making
    the cognitive process of reaching a decision
  3. noun
    the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
    synonyms: discernment, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity
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    good discernment (either visually or as if visually)
    common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit, sense
    sound practical judgment
    good judgment
    circumspection, discreetness, discretion, prudence
    knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
    indiscreetness, injudiciousness
    lacking good judgment
    reasoned and reasonable judgment
    common sense
    road sense
    good judgment in avoiding trouble or accidents on the road
    discretion in keeping secret information
    care, caution, forethought, precaution
    judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
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    sapience, wisdom
    ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
  4. noun
    the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions
    synonyms: judgment, perspicacity, sound judgement, sound judgment
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    objectiveness, objectivity
    judgment based on observable phenomena and uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices
    subjectiveness, subjectivity
    judgment based on individual personal impressions and feelings and opinions rather than external facts
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    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  5. noun
    an opinion formed by judging something
    synonyms: judgment, mind
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    conclusion, decision, determination, verdict
    a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
    a mental determination or resolve in advance; an antecedent intention to do something
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    opinion, persuasion, reckoning, sentiment, thought, view
    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
  6. noun
    (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
    synonyms: judgment, judicial decision
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    a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
    a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was correct and should stand
    cognovit judgement, cognovit judgment, confession of judgement, confession of judgment
    a judgment entered after a written confession by the debtor without the expense of ordinary legal proceedings
    default judgement, default judgment, judgement by default, judgment by default
    a judgment entered in favor of the plaintiff when the defendant defaults (fails to appear in court)
    non pros, non prosequitur
    a judgment entered in favor of the defendant when the plaintiff has not continued his action (e.g., has not appeared in court)
    final decision, final judgment
    a judgment disposing of the case before the court; after the judgment (or an appeal from it) is rendered all that remains is to enforce the judgment
    judgement in personam, judgment in personam, personal judgement, personal judgment
    a judgment rendered against an individual (or corporation) for the payment of money damages
    judgement in rem, judgment in rem
    a judgment pronounced on the status of some particular subject or property or thing (as opposed to one pronounced on persons)
    dismissal, judgement of dismissal, judgment of dismissal
    a judgment disposing of the matter without a trial
    judgement on the merits, judgment on the merits
    judgment rendered through analysis and adjudication of the factual issues presented
    judgement on the pleadings, judgment on the pleadings, summary judgement, summary judgment
    a judgment rendered by the court prior to a verdict because no material issue of fact exists and one party or the other is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law
    arbitrament, arbitration, arbitrement
    the act of deciding as an arbiter; giving authoritative judgment
    opinion, ruling
    the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)
    the decision of a court on issues of fact or law
    condemnation, conviction, judgment of conviction, sentence
    (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
    a ruling on a point of Islamic law that is given by a recognized authority
    finding of fact, verdict
    (law) the findings of a jury on issues of fact submitted to it for decision; can be used in formulating a judgment
    conclusion of law, finding of law
    a finding as to the applicability of a rule of law to particular facts
    a judgment of not guilty
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    due process, due process of law
    (law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards
  7. noun
    the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision
    synonyms: judgment, legal opinion, opinion
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    concurring opinion
    an opinion that agrees with the court's disposition of the case but is written to express a particular judge's reasoning
    dissenting opinion
    an opinion that disagrees with the court's disposition of the case
    majority opinion
    the opinion joined by a majority of the court (generally known simply as `the opinion')
    (Islam) a legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar
    dictum, obiter dictum
    an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding
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    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
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