Judgment vs Arbitrate - What's the difference?

judgment | arbitrate |

As a noun judgment

is the act of judging.

As a verb arbitrate is

to make a judgment (on a dispute) as an arbitrator or arbiter.

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Alternative forms

* judgement (British) * iugement, iudgement, iudgment, iudgemente, iudgmente (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • The act of judging.
  • 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 judgment; a politician without judgment.
  • * Psalms 72:2 ().
  • He shall judge thy people with righteousness and thy poor with judgment .
  • * Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream , I-i
  • Hermia. I would my father look'd but with my eyes. Theseus. Rather your eyes must with his judgment look.
  • The conclusion or result of judging; an opinion; a decision.
  • * Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona , IV-iv
  • She in my judgment was as fair as you.
  • (legal) 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 judgments between rich and poor, consider not what the poor man needs, but what is his own.
  • * Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice , IV-i
  • Most heartily I do beseech the court To give the judgment .
  • (theology) The final award; the last sentence.
  • Usage notes

    See for discussion of spelling usage of judgment' versus '''judgement . Briefly, without the ''-e'' is preferred in law globally, and in American English, while with the ''-e is preferred in British English. Like (abridgment), (acknowledgment), and (lodgment), judgment is sometimes written with English spellings in American English, as (judgement) (respectively, (abridgement), (acknowledgement), and (lodgement)). The British spelling preserves the rule that G can only be soft while preceding an E, I, or Y.

    Derived terms

    * against one's better judgment * arrest of judgment * Day of Judgment * judgment call * judgment day * judgment debt * judgment hall * judgment hour * judgment of God * judgment seat * judgment summons * judgment throne






  • To make a judgment (on a dispute) as an arbitrator or arbiter
  • to arbitrate a disputed case
  • * Shakespeare
  • There shall your swords and lances arbitrate / The swelling difference of your settled hate.
  • To submit (a dispute) to such judgment
  • (mathematics, rare) To assign an object an arbitrary value, or otherwise arbitrarily determine it
  • We wish to show f is continuous. Arbitrate epsilon greater than zero...