from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Refraining from judgment, especially one based on personal ethical standards.

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  • adj. Without making judgements, especially those based upon personal ethics or opinions

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  • adj. refraining from making judgments especially ones based on personal opinions or standards


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  • Worst of all, it requires me to pick up the phone, call a nonjudgmental neighbor, and ask him nicely if he wouldn't mind coming over on a weekend day and extricating the equipment so I could return to whatever frivolous chore I was engaged in.

    Upstate Chainsaw Masterer

  • By nonjudgmental I mean not beating up on yourself, or anyone else, because of frustrations you may feel or blame you may want to place as you rush to decisions about who and what must change.

    The 28 Laws of Attraction

  • MIAMI — In her online profile, Paula Jones says she is 42, "nonjudgmental" and likes fishing, gardening and cuddling.

    Mark Olmsted: An Insider's View of Chino Prison

  • Respect for the other is consistent with nonviolently resisting negative policies with all our strength, thereby rejecting the kind of nonjudgmental, nonconfrontational, "who am I to judge others or call others 'policies evil?" kind of moral relativism that sometimes permeates New Age spirituality.

    I have cancer. . . and yes, you can help me deal with it

  • And so there are "nonjudgmental" sex education programs that communicate the judgment that healthy sexuality is separable from love and its preparedness to sacrifice.

    A Trickle-Down Culture

  • (Lewinsky described her Aunt Debra as "nonjudgmental").

    Why We'll Never Learn

  • As for the tone of the materials, they are meant to be "nonjudgmental," Mr. Vladeck said, rather than presupposing there is nefarious purpose inherent in ads and that marketers continuously try to trick consumers into buying things they do not want or need.

    NYT > Home Page

  • But I believe the roots of the problem may lie in the education system, from primary school onwards, where the prevailing wisdom is that teachers should be 'nonjudgmental' and never call a child a liar or a thief, for fear of hurting his or her feelings.

    Home | Mail Online

  • MIAMI (AP) - In her online profile, Paula Jones says she is 42, "nonjudgmental" and likes fishing, gardening and cuddling.


  • It is an enormous pet peeve of mine when people claim to be "nonjudgmental" as though judging people is bad.

    Dustpan Alley (OLD)


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