Judgment or Judgement l Difference & Examples

Judgment and judgement are two different spellings of the noun for the act of forming an opinion, the ability to form an opinion, and the opinion itself. It’s also used to refer to a formal legal decision made by a court.

The spelling varies based on whether you’re writing UK or US English.

  • In US English, “judgment” (no “e”) is the only correct spelling.
  • In UK English, “judgement” (with an “e”) is standard, but “judgment” is used in legal contexts.
Examples: “Judgment” and “judgement” in a sentence
I always listen to Lily’s advice because she has good judgment/judgement.

Carol made a hasty judgment/judgement of Meera’s character.

Andrew sometimes wishes he had better judgment/judgement.

Check US or UK English for free
grammar-checker-us-uk

Fix mistakes for free

Exception (UK): “Judgment” in a legal context

While judgement is the standard spelling in most contexts in UK English, judgment is used instead in legal contexts. This usage is recommended by various style guides, including Oxford style.

Example: “Judgment” in UK English
The defendant did not agree with the judgment of the court.

Check US or UK English

Use the best grammar checker available to check that you're writing consistently in one variant of English.

grammar-checker-us-uk

Fix mistakes for free

“Against my better judgement/judgment”

Against my better judgement/judgment is a phrase used to express awareness that something you have done was unwise or contrary to your principles. It means the same whether written with or without an “e.”

Example: “Against my better judgement/judgment” in a sentence
Against my better judgement/judgment, I drove with a flat tire.

Other interesting language articles

If you want to know more about commonly confused words, definitions, and differences between US and UK spellings, make sure to check out some of our other language articles with explanations, examples, and quizzes.

Cite this Scribbr article

If you want to cite this source, you can copy and paste the citation or click the “Cite this Scribbr article” button to automatically add the citation to our free Citation Generator.

Ryan, E. (2023, March 14). Judgment or Judgement l Difference & Examples. Scribbr. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://www.scribbr.com/us-vs-uk/judgment-or-judgement/

Is this article helpful?
Eoghan Ryan

Eoghan has a lot of experience with theses and dissertations at bachelor's, MA, and PhD level. He has taught university English courses, helping students to improve their research and writing.