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a Daniel come to judgement

A person who is or has been able to wisely resolve a particularly difficult problem or dispute. Coined by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice, it alludes to the Biblical character Daniel, who was renowned for having excellent faculties of judgment. Primarily heard in UK. The newly elected prime minister has been a Daniel come to judgement, finally brokering a peace between the two warring countries.
See also: come, Daniel, judgement

judgment call

1. A subjective decision made based on one's own experience or viewpoint. Because of the impending snowstorm, it was a judgment call whether I should attempt driving to work.
2. In sports, a decision made by a game official based on what he or she has seen take place. The decision to issue the team a penalty was definitely a judgment call by the referee.
See also: call, judgment

against (one's) better judgment

In spite of one's apprehension or objections. Against his better judgment, Joe let his daughter attend her friend's party. I allowed my obnoxious co-worker to accompany me on my work trip, against my better judgment.
See also: better, judgment

(I've) seen better.

a noncommittal and not very positive judgment about something or someone. Alice: How did you like the movie? John: I've seen better. Bill: What do you think about this weather? Bob: Seen better.
See also: better, seen

(I've) seen worse.

a noncommittal and not totally negative judgment about something or someone. Alice: How did you like the movie? John: I've seen worse. Bill: What do you think about this weather? Gladys: Seen worse.
See also: seen, worse

pass judgment (on someone or something)

to make a judgment about someone or something. I should not pass judgment on you, but I certainly could give you some good advice about how to be more pleasant. The judge passed judgment on the defendant, who was then taken away to prison.
See also: judgment, pass

sit in judgment (up)on someone or something

to make a judgment about someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I don't want to sit in judgment upon you or anyone else, but I do have some suggestions. There is no need to sit in judgment on the proposal at this time.
See also: judgment, on, sit

against your better judgment

not the best decision you believe you could make I wasn't surprised when Scott's business failed because I had lent him the money for it against my better judgment.
See also: better, judgment

pass judgment on somebody/something

to express a strong opinion about someone or something Don't pass judgment on the exhibit until you've seen it for yourself.
Usage notes: the opinion is usually not likely to be changed
See also: judgment, on, pass

sit in judgment (of somebody)

1. to decide whether someone is guilty or not guilty of something The men and women who sit in judgment of the bomber can decide whether or not he is put to death for his crime.
2. to decide whether someone is good or bad There is a committee that sits in judgment of every job applicant, and they can be very harsh.
Usage notes: sometimes used to suggest that someone sitting in judgment should not be: How can they sit in judgment of anyone when they have so little experience?
See also: judgment, sit

sit in judgment (of something)

to decide whether something is good or bad I should probably not be allowed to sit in judgment of movies made for teens.
See also: judgment, sit

a judgment call

  (American)
a decision someone has to make using their own ideas and opinions
Usage notes: In sport, a judgment call is a decision made by an official in a competition using their own opinion of what they have seen.
It's a judgment call - do we go by plane or risk taking the car to the conference.
See also: call, judgment

sit in judgment on/over somebody

to say that what someone has done is morally wrong, believing yourself to be better We none of us have the right to sit in judgment on our fellow man.
See also: judgment, on, sit

against one's better judgment

Despite serious misgivings or objections, as in Against my better judgment, I told her to come whenever she pleased.
See also: better, judgment

snap judgment

A hurried or impetuous decision or finding, as in George was known for making snap judgments on personnel questions; he rarely bothered to investigate further . This expression, which uses snap in the sense of "quick," was first recorded in 1841.
See also: judgment, snap
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Without compliance a judgment risks actually costing a firm more than it's worth through unforeseen court costs.
5) Traditionally, a judgment was considered void if it contained a jurisdictional defect, while judgments with non-jurisdictional deficiencies were only considered voidable.
Bandura (1997) states that reasonably matched self-efficacy judgments and actions are most desirable, even though higher self-efficacy judgments can enhance motivation to improve future performance.
The Supreme Court decision overturned a British Columbia Court of Appeal judgment that in December, 2003 applied a doctrine of "charitable immunity" to exempt churches from any liability.
During the first six months of the year more than 290,600 judgments were made against consumers, while there were nearly 84,400 commercial judgments and 108,000 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) judgments against people who failed to pay road tax.
26) The Florida Legislature, by limiting "actions on judgments" to five and 20 years, (27) has in effect said that after the running of those time periods the judgments are "dormant" and cannot be used to create new judgments.
Oral judgments are not foreign to the American legal system.
For the critic or historian, all interpretations are ipso facto judgments as well, since they always entail a valorization of one artist at the expense of another.
Following a trend of larger liability judgments against Los Angeles County government, a judge has granted a proposed $12 million verdict in a case where the county's legal team showed up and then left before the start of the four-day trial.
My purpose in writing the editorial (1) was to encourage debate by suggesting that the ways in which environmental judgments are being made can be improved.
Despite the fact that most companies have multiple judgments on their books, Martin maintains that too often they write off the uncollected judgments rather than take the time and effort to collect the money they are due.
Under state (Alaska) law, attorneys do not have a superior lien in their clients' suits, judgments or decrees.