against one's better 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
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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acting against one's better judgment, was a perplexing phenomenon for those like Socrates, and mostly for Aristotle, who thought that "no one acts against what he believes is best." Where most people would see "weakness of will," the Socratic tradition saw "ignorance" - the "weakness" of knowledge or reason, rather than will.