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I'm looking for a word, or possibly a phrase, but preferably a single word, that describes the following:

An action/decision that is regarded as right by one but regarded as wrong by another.

Example:

Even when you are certain that you are in the right, you should refrain from _________'s, because you are in effect passing judgement onto yourself.

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    I think you meant "in effect passing judgement on yourself..."? – chasly from UK Oct 10 '15 at 8:49
  • @chaslyfromUK "Passing judgment onto yourself" seems perfectly legit. – A.P. Oct 10 '15 at 9:38
  • @A.P. - I'm not sure what it means to say you pass something onto yourself, "I received a present that I didn't like so I passed it onto myself." (??) What do you think it means? Could you explain? – chasly from UK Oct 10 '15 at 9:48
  • @chaslyfromUK that's ok, let me explain. First off, you can't just use it for any random sentence. When you pass something onto yourself, like judgement in this context, you are inviting ones criticism by doing something you are fully aware that they believe is wrong. It's something you expect to happen, therefore you are passing it onto yourself, whereas you could have prevented it. – Michael Rader Oct 10 '15 at 9:51
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    @MichaelRader - (A) One of us is crazy and I don't think it's me in this instance. Where in the ESV version does it say "pass judgement onto"? (B) What are you talking about. The ngram shows that "pass judgement on" is used frequently and "pass judgement onto" is never used". Are you trolling? – chasly from UK Oct 10 '15 at 10:07
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It fits, but I wouldn't use it myself:

Even when you are certain that you are in the right, you should refrain from contentiousness, because you are in affect passing judgement onto yourself.

Used as a noun, but defined as an adjective:

  • Causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial: a contentious issue.
  • Involving heated argument: the socio-economic plan had been the subject of contentious debate.
  • (of a person) given to provoking argument.
  • Law: relating to or involving differences between contending parties.

And if the disagreement drags on then you've got a bone of contention...

  • Doesn't work, but I do like your mention of 'bone of contention' - upvote for that :) – Michael Rader Oct 10 '15 at 9:53
  • Doesn't work technically? Or you just don't like it? (I personally don't like it :) – Lamar Latrell Oct 10 '15 at 10:32
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That is an interesting question. It seems words from the semantic domain related to "judgment" might fit the bill.

How about you should refrain from value judgments because you are in effect passing judgment onto yourself?

A value judgment is defined as an evaluation based on personal values, rather than facts.

Might work in this context, since people are going to disagree about personal values. So a value will be "regarded as right by one but as wrong by another."

If one word is needed, a synonym to value judgment could be subjectivity.

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It could be a

  • controversial
  • arguable
  • questionable

or

  • despotic

decision.

  • No, I'm sorry these are not what I'm looking for. – Michael Rader Oct 10 '15 at 7:41
  • @MichaelRader Can you post an example? – Ormoz Oct 10 '15 at 7:42
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    Combined with decision they are all actions – Ormoz Oct 10 '15 at 8:24
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    @chaslyfromUK What's wrong with you should refrain from controversial decisions? – Ormoz Oct 10 '15 at 8:27
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    Haha! I read that as "What's wrong with you?" :-) Seriously though, the tag is 'single-word' and, at the last count, I made 'controversial decisions' two words. – chasly from UK Oct 10 '15 at 8:32
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Consider,

Even when you are certain that you are in the right, you should refrain from pertinaciousness, because you are in effect passing judgement onto yourself.

pertinacious: adhering resolutely to an opinion, purpose, or design (M-W)

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How about Minority:

When it came what to do with the surplus, the city commissioner was in the minority.

How about Dissensus:

When it came to what to do with the surplus, the city commissioner was in Dissensus.

  • You are way off my friend. Not even sure that you read the question. – Michael Rader Oct 10 '15 at 8:31
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An autonomous ethical decision

Autonomous - Independent, self.

Ethical - What's right or wrong.

  • I think your keyboard has diarrhea. – Michael Rader Oct 10 '15 at 9:55
  • lol. The box drawing looked good while editing in the text box but as soon as it posted the text wrapping and line widths just messed it all up. The struggles of unicode. – Alpha13Wolf Oct 10 '15 at 9:59
  • to make it a singular word instead descriptive phrase simply use autonomy - state of being autonmous, self government. – Alpha13Wolf Oct 10 '15 at 10:04
  • How does 'autonomy' convey an action/decision that is regarded as right by one but regarded as wrong by another? – Lamar Latrell Oct 10 '15 at 10:46

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