value judgment

noun
an estimate, usually subjective, of the worth, quality, goodness, evil, etc., of something or someone.

Origin:
1895–1900

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value judgment
 
n
a subjective assessment based on one's own code of values or that of one's class

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value judgment definition


An assessment of a person, situation, or event. The term is often restricted to assessments that reveal the values of the person making the assessment rather than the objective realities of what is being assessed.

Note: We often make value judgments without realizing that we are doing so. For example, a teacher who describes a student as “the best I've ever taught — very polite and obedient” is making a value judgment about the qualities (politeness and obedience) that make a student good.
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Example sentences
There is no value judgment in this sentence, so it is not and cannot be hateful.
They represent an absolute value judgment, made with all the paper's vast authority behind it, about restaurants' relative merits.
Ways in which the ethics of value judgment are inherent in sociological research are examined.
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