I'm sure you've had a conversation with someone like this. The person constantly reads something into everything that you say or makes quick judgements about you based on very little information. I guess "judgemental" would be accurate, but that doesn't perfectly nail it. I was thinking "presumptive" captures it, but the definitions for that word don't seem to include that usage. Any ideas?

  • Maybe 'assumptive' or 'presumptuous.' I suspect there's a better one though. – chasly from UK Sep 4 '15 at 15:42
  • Bear in mind judgemental always implies prone to making [hasty] negative assessments. The nearest equivalent I can think of for being prone to making any judgement [too] quickly (positive or negative) is impressionable. Are you specifically and only asking about the "negative" tendency"? – FumbleFingers Sep 4 '15 at 16:05
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    I'm thinking of someone who assumes things, good or bad, about other people. It doesn't have to be negative. It's someone who always claims to know other people's motives or have someone pegged as something. – Matthew Sep 4 '15 at 16:18
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    Presumably the judgments that the person so swiftly forms are based on his or her applying some method of shorthand assessment. Often such systems of snap judgment are founded on various stereotypes that typically entail inferring multiple characteristics of a person from one or two or a very few observed characteristics. So I would be tempted to call the judger's character trait "a tendency to stereotype." – Sven Yargs Sep 5 '15 at 1:12

Perhaps he is a person rushing to judge others.

  • I just wanted to point out that the tags say single-word-requests, which was edited-in at the same time you posted your answer (16:16). Surely you would have noticed this change and corrected your answer accordingly? – Braden Best Feb 27 '17 at 20:29

The character trait is being prejudiced (i.e., prejudging).

  • This was my immediate thought as well. Although it can have other connotations, in its purest form it's literally pre-judging! – A C Mar 20 '17 at 14:25

Probably an assuming person;


  • taking too much for granted; presumptuous, arrogant.

The Free Dictionary

  • Yeah, I guess "presumptuous" or "assuming" works. That was my first thought, but some of the narrow definitions of those words in dictionaries made me second guess it. The definitions make it seem like those words really refer to arrogance, and the word "unassuming" (which to me should refer to someone who wisely and charitably refrains from assuming things about people too quickly) is defined as "not having a desire to be noticed or praised." Confusing. But I guess the context in which these words are used is what determines the exact meaning at that moment. Thanks for the input. – Matthew Sep 4 '15 at 16:04

This is a person who tends to make snap judgments or jump to conclusions.

If you want one word, the person is



Impulsive doesn't speak to the judgmental attribute. Prejudiced is the closest to a single-word answer to your question, i.e: "That woman with the red hair and that big purse over there-look at her! She's a shoplifter! Red-headed people are hot-headed and impulsive and that large purse says that she's going to take stuff out of the store without paying for it"

This type of pre-judging is called "profiling", She's taken a stereotypical, but totally unsubstantiared characteristic for red headed people, painted this stranger with that brush, and added the thief insult just because she has a big purse. Maybe she just took the walk of shame and had a change of clothes, Maybe she's going to the gym. Maybe she's picking up her infant son, and that purse is full of his baby clothes and a bottle or two for him. Maybe she saw some skinny model in Elle or Vogue who looked great striding down the runway in Paris with a purse like that, and she thinks that she looks fashionable. Her hair has been passed down for 40 generations ever since Eric the Red visited London, eastern England, Scotland and Ireland. Does she speak Spanish? The Vikings plummeted, pillaged and raped the Iberian peninsula for three hundred years. And of course, she just must be the wife or daughter of an Irish Traveler.

She's just applying the same reasoning that fortune tellers use. Starting with their form of dress, their coiffure, the way they walk and talk, their tone of voice, their patience or anxiety, the companions with them, the set of their eyes or their gaze. Your friend believes that she's good at "reading" people. However you get to this point that all of these "gifts" that she has are just the building blocks for "pre-judging", and by definition, one who "pre-judges" people is said to be "prejudiced."

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