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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 they have 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

more by accident than (by) judgment

Due more to coincidence or luck than to one's own skill or planning. To be honest, I feel like the massive popularity of the app is more by accident than by judgment. A: "This stew is delicious!" B: "Thanks, but it's really more by accident than judgment."
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sit in judgment of (someone or something)

1. Literally, to sit as a juror in order to decide if someone is guilty of something or not. The defendant's notoriety made it difficult to find anyone who could sit in judgment of him without bias.
2. By extension, to make a judgment about someone for something he or she has done. The defendant's notoriety made it difficult to find anyone who could sit in judgment of him without bias.
3. To judge the merits of something. You shouldn't sit in judgment of video games if you've never tried them before.
See also: judgment, of, sit

more by luck than judgment

By chance instead of due to one's intellect, talent, etc. I got to the finals more by luck than judgment, so my opponent was way better than me.
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pass judgment (on someone or something)

To judge someone or something, especially hastily or preemptively. I know you usually don't like musicals, but don't pass judgment until you see this one for yourself. The president has been quick to pass judgment on those who speak out against her policies.
See also: judgment, pass, someone

value judgment

A judgment about someone or something based upon one's own personal beliefs, opinions, ideologies, etc., rather than objective facts or criteria. Their decision to fire him seems like a value judgment, as the manager has expressed in the past how he disliked Mike on a personal level. I implore you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, not to make a value judgment when deciding my defendant's fate. You can't convict just because she disgusts you at a personal level—you have to decide whether she broke the law or not.
See also: judgment, value

a snap judgment

A decision made hastily, recklessly, or without careful consideration. The company enjoyed huge success in the 90s, but a series of snap judgments backfired on them, leading them to the brink of bankruptcy. The officer made the snap judgment to take the unresponsive child into his patrol car and rush her to the hospital himself.
See also: judgment, snap

against your better judgement

contrary to what you feel to be wise or sensible.
See also: better, judgement

against your better ˈjudgement

(especially British English) (American English usually against your better ˈjudgment) although you know your action, decision, etc. is not sensible: She was persuaded against her better judgement to lend him the money, and now she’s regretting it.
See also: better, judgement

pass ˈjudgement (on/about somebody/something)

(especially British English) (American English usually pass ˈjudgment (on/about somebody/something)) give your opinion about somebody/something, especially if this is critical: Don’t be too quick to pass judgement, you’re not perfect yourself, you know.
See also: judgement, pass

sit in ˈjudgement (on/over somebody)

(especially British English) (American English usually sit in ˈjudgment (on/over somebody)) judge or decide if somebody is wrong or right, even if you have no right to do so: What gives you the right to sit in judgement over us?
See also: judgement, sit

a ˈvalue judgement

(especially British English) (American English usually a ˈvalue judgment) (disapproving) a judgement about something that is based on somebody’s personal opinion and not on facts: ‘She’s quite a good driver for a woman.’ ‘That’s a real value judgement. Women drive just as well as men.’He’s always making value judgements.
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But in judgements of taste there is no determinate cognition taking place which could be the source of this judgement's universality.
One might try to locate here a possible niche within Kant's system where negative judgements might reside.
Clearly he cannot allow for this, since every consideration which led to the conclusion that affirmative judgements of taste are accompanied by harmonious free play is also a consideration met by any possible negative judgement of taste as well.
Now, if it can be shown that Kant considers this state of harmonious free play always to be pleasurable, it will follow that the only judgements of taste are those that involve pleasure (i.
Since harmonious free play is always pleasurable, and since all judgements of taste are accompanied by harmonious free play, it follows that every judgement of taste must be accompanied by the feeling of pleasure in the subject.
Judgements of adherent beauty lie outside the scope of this essay.
The quoted remarks suggest perhaps that he regards the negative judgement as simply parallel to the affirmative, differing only with respect to whether the subject feels pleasure or pain, satisfaction or dissatisfaction.
While judgement in general is, for Kant, that faculty by which particulars are subsumed under universals, the reflective judgement differs from the determinant with respect to what is given.