Is It Judgment or Judgement? | Spelling & Examples

UK vs US updated on  December 13, 2023 3 min read
Judgment and judgement are two ways of spelling the same noun, which means “opinion,” “the act of forming an opinion,” or “the ability to form an opinion.” The spelling depends on whether you use British English or American English.

  • In American English, “judgment” (with no “e”) is the only correct spelling.
  • In British English, “judgement” (with an “e”) is the standard spelling, but “judgment” is used instead in legal contexts.
It’s important to choose one spelling and use it consistently. The QuillBot Grammar Checker can help you with this.

Examples: Judgment or judgement in a sentence
Myron faced judgment/judgement for his unconventional choices.
I don’t want to make a hasty judgment/judgement of someone’s parenting style.
We would have expected better judgment/judgement from you, Latifa.

Against my better judgment or judgement

The phrase against my better judgment or judgement is used to state that something you did wasn’t smart or wasn’t in line with your principles. The phrase can also be modified to refer to other people (e.g., “her better judgment”). The same spelling difference applies.

  • In American English, “against my better judgment” (with no “e”) is correct.
  • In British English, “against my better judgement” (with an “e”) is standard.

Examples: Against my better judgment or judgement in a sentence
He joined the risky venture against his better judgment/judgement.
Against my better judgment/judgement, I lent him my car.
Sam started dating her again, against her better judgment/judgement.

Note
If it’s used at the start of a sentence, the phrase “Against my better judg(e)ment” should be followed by a comma, like other introductory phrases.

Judgement is the standard spelling in British English, but in legal contexts, judgment (with no “e”) is used (i.e., to refer to the decision of a court or judge). This is recommended by style authorities such as Oxford style.

In American English, the latter spelling is always used, so no distinction is made between legal contexts and other uses.

Examples: Judgment in legal contexts (British English)
The final judgment in the case was delivered after consideration of all evidence.
The appellate court’s judgment overturned the previous ruling.
A judgment in a civil case may result in financial compensation for the injured party.

Main differences between American and British English

American and British English are very similar, but there are a few main differences in spelling. Five important differences are:

Difference

Rule

Examples

-or vs -our

In American English, many Latin-derived words end in -or.

In British English, these same words end in -our.

Behavior or behaviour
Labor or labour
Favor or favour
Favorite or favourite
Color or colour
Honor or honour

-er vs -re

In American English, some French, Latin, or Greek words end in -er.

In British English, these same words end in -re.

Theater or theatre
Center or centre
Meter or metre
Liter or litre
Saber or sabre
Fiber or fibre

-ize vs -ise

In American English, many Greek-derived words end in -yze or -ize.

In British English, these words end in -yse or -ise.

Realize or realise
Recognize or recognise
Analyze or analyse
Organisation or organization
Minimize or minimise
Finalize or finalise

-ed vs -t

In American English, most verbs are regular and form their past tense with the suffix -ed.

In British English, some of these verbs are irregular and form their past tense with the suffix -t.

Learned or learnt
Burned or burnt
Kneeled or knelt
Dreamed or dreamt
Smelled or smelt
Spelled or spelt

Single vs double consonant

In American English, many words are spelled with a single consonant.

In British English, these same words are spelled with a double consonant.

Modeling or modelling
Traveling or travelling
Canceled or cancelled
Labeled or labelled
Buses or busses
Focused or focussed

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Common mistakes

US vs UK

Rhetoric

Irregardless vs regardless

Burnt or burned

Situational irony

Lable or label

Dreamed or dreamt

Trope

Now a days or nowadays

Kneeled or knelt

Metaphor

Every time or everytime

Smelled or smelt

Consonance

Alot or a lot

Travelling or traveling

Rhyme


Frequently asked questions about judgment or judgement

Is it judgement or judgment in AP style?

Judgment and judgement are two spellings of the same noun. The spelling depends on the type of English.

  • In American English, you use “judgment” (with no “e”).
  • In British English, you use “judgement” (with an “e”).

AP style follows American English guidelines, so judgment (without an “e”) is correct.

It's important touse one spelling consistently. The QuillBot Grammar Checker can help you with this.

Is it judgement-free or judgment-free?

Judgment and judgement are two spellings of the same noun. The spelling depends on the type of English.

  • In American English, you use “judgment” (no “e”), so judgment-free is correct.
  • In British English, you use “judgement” (with an “e”), so judgement-free is correct.

It's important to choose one and use it consistently. The QuillBot Grammar Checker can help you with this.

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Julia Merkus

Julia has master's degrees in Linguistics and Language and speech pathology. Her expertise lies in grammar, language and speech disorders, foreign language learning, and child language acquisition.

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