Snap judgment

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a judgment formed on the instant without deliberation.

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A survey this week showed that visitors to our homes make a snap judgment within 26 seconds.
Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics, said his initial sense was that the meeting has fallen short of expectations, though conceded it would be "foolish" to make a snap judgment.
Lhota assured the public that his agency's decision wouldn't be a snap judgment just as the storm is about to hit.
When time is short, you might need to make a snap judgment based on gut instincts.
The book is however fun to read and at the end you will definitely analyze your first impressions and think twice after you make a snap judgment.
This is entirely normal: everyone has a desire to make a snap judgment about people (and not just at the poker table) and subsequently try to unearth information in support of our initial judgment.
Longer exposure didn't seem to matter, suggesting that this is a snap judgment that's made without conscious thought (a phenomenon amply documented in Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling book Blink).
But in this tale, as in most of the others that Gladwell cites, the person who makes the alleged snap judgment is someone who has spent years accumulating the knowledge to make a fast and accurate decision.
It's all too easy to make a snap judgment about a discretionary budget like advertising, but the reality is that short term gain leads to long term damage to the brand, and the cost of recovery is three to four times greater than the saving made.
David Adler - Economic journalist and author of Snap Judgment (Financial Times Press, 2009)
An excerpt of Pearl's book became a memorable segment on NPR's spoken-word series Snap Judgment.
It was the snap judgment that cost this great white shark it's lunch.