Judgment debt
Judgment Judg"ment, n. [OE. jugement, F. jugement, LL. judicamentum, fr. L. judicare. See {Judge}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of judging; the operation of the mind, involving comparison and discrimination, by which a knowledge of the values and relations of things, whether of moral qualities, intellectual concepts, logical propositions, or material facts, is obtained; as, by careful judgment he avoided the peril; by a series of wrong judgments he forfeited confidence. [1913 Webster]

I oughte deme, of skilful jugement, That in the salte sea my wife is deed. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. The power or faculty of performing such operations (see 1); esp., when unqualified, the faculty of judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely; good sense; as, a man of judgment; a politician without judgment. [1913 Webster]

He shall judge thy people with righteousness and thy poor with judgment. --Ps. lxxii. 2. [1913 Webster]

Hernia. I would my father look'd but with my eyes. Theseus. Rather your eyes must with his judgment look. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. The conclusion or result of judging; an opinion; a decision. [1913 Webster]

She in my judgment was as fair as you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Who first his judgment asked, and then a place. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

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; the mandate or sentence of God as the judge of all. [1913 Webster]

In judgments between rich and poor, consider not what the poor man needs, but what is his own. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

Most heartily I do beseech the court To give the judgment. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Philos.) (a) That act of the mind by which two notions or ideas which are apprehended as distinct are compared for the purpose of ascertaining their agreement or disagreement. See 1. The comparison may be threefold: (1) Of individual objects forming a concept. (2) Of concepts giving what is technically called a judgment. (3) Of two judgments giving an inference. Judgments have been further classed as analytic, synthetic, and identical. (b) That power or faculty by which knowledge dependent upon comparison and discrimination is acquired. See 2. [1913 Webster]

A judgment is the mental act by which one thing is affirmed or denied of another. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

The power by which we are enabled to perceive what is true or false, probable or improbable, is called by logicians the faculty of judgment. --Stewart. [1913 Webster]

6. A calamity regarded as sent by God, by way of recompense for wrong committed; a providential punishment. ``Judgments are prepared for scorners.'' --Prov. xix. 29. ``This judgment of the heavens that makes us tremble.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. (Theol.) The final award; the last sentence. [1913 Webster]

Note: Judgment, abridgment, acknowledgment, and lodgment are in England sometimes written, judgement, abridgement, acknowledgement, and lodgement. [1913 Webster]

Note: Judgment is used adjectively in many self-explaining combinations; as, judgment hour; judgment throne. [1913 Webster]

{Judgment day} (Theol.), the last day, or period when final judgment will be pronounced on the subjects of God's moral government.

{Judgment debt} (Law), a debt secured to the creditor by a judge's order.

{Judgment hall}, a hall where courts are held.

{Judgment seat}, the seat or bench on which judges sit in court; hence, a court; a tribunal. ``We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.'' --Rom. xiv. 10.

{Judgment summons} (Law), a proceeding by a judgment creditor against a judgment debtor upon an unsatisfied judgment. [1913 Webster]

{Arrest of judgment}. (Law) See under {Arrest}, n.

{Judgment of God}, a term formerly applied to extraordinary trials of secret crimes, as by arms and single combat, by ordeal, etc.; it being imagined that God would work miracles to vindicate innocence. See under {Ordeal}.

Syn: Discernment; decision; determination; award; estimate; criticism; taste; discrimination; penetration; sagacity; intelligence; understanding. See {Taste}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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