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Legal Definition of judgement

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Definition of judgement


    From Old French jugement < Late Latin iūdicāmentum.


  • IPA: /d'ʌd'mənt/, enPR: jŭj'mənt


judgement (plural judgements)

  1. The act of judging.
  2. The power or faculty of performing such operations; especially, when unqualified, the faculty of judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely; as, a man of judgement; a politician without judgement.

    He shall judge thy people with righteousness and thy poor with judgement. -Psalms 72:2 (King James Version).

    Hermia. I would my father look'd but with my eyes. Theseus. Rather your eyes must with his judgement look. -Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, I-i

  3. The conclusion or result of judging; an opinion; a decision.

    She in my judgement was as fair as you. - Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, IV-iv

  4. The act of determining, as in courts of law, what is conformable to law and justice; also, the determination, decision, or sentence of a court, or of a judge

    In judgements between rich and poor, consider not what the poor man needs, but what is his own. -Jer. Taylor.

    Most heartily I do beseech the court To give the judgement. -Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, IV-i

  5. (theology) The final award; the last sentence.

Further reading

Judgement (or judgment) is the evaluation of evidence in the making of a decision. The term has three distinct uses:

  • Informal and psychological - used in reference to the quality of cognitive faculties and adjudicational capabilities of particular individuals, typically called wisdom or discernment.
  • Legal - used in the context of legal trial, to refer to a final finding, statement, or ruling, based on a considered weighing of evidence, called "adjudication".
  • Religious - used in the concept of salvation to refer to the adjudication of God in determining Heaven or Hell for each and all human beings.


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Translation of judgement in Malay



(law) act of determining, as in courts of law, what is conformable to law and justice

  1. Penghakiman


1.     landed property
2.     lex fori
3.     status quo
4.     ownership
5.     lex loci delicti commissi
6.     lex situs
7.     sodomy
8.     lex causae
9.     unjustified
10.     AORO