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The difference between “judgment” and “judgment”

The difference between“judgment“y“judgment“

“Judgment“y“judgment“they are interchangeable in the UK but not in the US. Here is a specific guide:

  • If you’re following US writing conventions, use“judgment“.
  • If you are following UK writing conventions, both spellings are acceptable, but“judgment“is more common than“judgment“, especially in a legal environment.

More about“Judgement“and“Judgment“

Nouns“judgment“y“judgment“commonly mean“the ability to make considered decisions or reach sound conclusions“.

In the US,“judgment“is the only correct spelling and any variation is considered a misspelling. In other parts of the English-speaking world, things are more flexible. It is true that“judgment“is the most common variation, but“judgment“(although becoming less common due to US influence) is still acceptable. Interestingly, the same applies to adjectives“critical“y“critical“.

It is noteworthy that some traditionalists still differentiate between the two spellings. According to them:

  • “Judgment“is used in a legal setting, e.g., a High Court judgment.
  • “Judgement“is used in the general sense, e.g.,“using your judgement,““making a judgement call.“
  • It is also noteworthy that many British English dictionaries list the two spellings as interchangeable. However the“judgment“is much more common than“judgment“[evidence].

    So if you use“judgment“, you can’t go wrong. If you are not American, then you can use your“judgment“(o“judgment“) about which spelling would bother your readers the least.

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