snap judgment


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

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

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
References in periodicals archive ?
But that's our guests maing a snap judgment, people we know well, people to feel at ease in our home.
Challenged by an artist in the audience (later identified as Painter Painter participant Molly Zuckerman-Hartung) to "be a critic" and "to go ahead-judge," Verwoert, along with American critics Michelle Grabner and Bruce Hainley, was put on the spot to perform the role of critic, a demand he quickly deemed "impossible": "I leave it to George to tell you what you want, what you really, really want." After Verwoert effectively misquoted George Michael's lyrics on father figure fantasies, Hainley quipped, "what do you want, a tweet?"-before elaborating that art criticism is a serious, time-consuming business and not amenable to snap judgments.
The book is however fun to read and at the end you will definitely analyze your first impressions and think twice after you make a snap judgment.
This is entirely normal: everyone has a desire to make a snap judgment about people (and not just at the poker table) and subsequently try to unearth information in support of our initial judgment.
Longer exposure didn't seem to matter, suggesting that this is a snap judgment that's made without conscious thought (a phenomenon amply documented in Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling book Blink).
But in this tale, as in most of the others that Gladwell cites, the person who makes the alleged snap judgment is someone who has spent years accumulating the knowledge to make a fast and accurate decision.
"Someone made a silly snap judgment the day of the event," he surmised.
It's all too easy to make a snap judgment about a discretionary budget like advertising, but the reality is that short term gain leads to long term damage to the brand, and the cost of recovery is three to four times greater than the saving made.
Robben's tumbling to the turf forced referee Alan Wiley into making a difficult snap judgment Curbishley felt would be better made by an FA panel analysing the incident.
It was the snap judgment that cost this great white shark it's lunch...
WILD IDEAS: Beautiful images of the island of Mull were used to set the scene for the gorilla out of the mist and a sleeping cheetah, right SNAP JUDGMENT: Logan, left, came up with the shots.They include an elephant in Zennor, Cornwall, main pic, and zebras on Skye
Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice makes a snap judgment of Darcy, thinking that he's proud, prejudiced and haughty ( and she's not wrong.
Never underestimate or make a snap judgment of a person.
WILD IDEAS: The island of Mull provides a sombre setting for a buffalo at Dervaig , while Iona Abbey is used for the sleeping lioness, right SNAP JUDGMENT: Left, Logan.
IMPURRFECT Colin before SNAP JUDGMENT Colin photos his lunch