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value judgment

an estimate, usually subjective, of the worth, quality, goodness, evil, etc., of something or someone.
Origin of value judgment
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A value-judgment which is not also a judgment of existence is in the air; it is the baseless fabric of a vision.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
British Dictionary definitions for value-judgment

value judgment

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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