Definition of prejudice in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprejədəs/


1Preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience: English prejudice against foreigners anti-Jewish prejudices
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  • Some prejudices (preconceived opinions of an individual based on opinions about the many) have names such as racism, sexism, or ageism.
  • Preconceived notions are prejudices about what is supposed to happen during the ritual, or the way in which the ritual must be done.
  • As a straight woman with my own prejudices and preconceptions, I fall somewhere in between.
preconceived idea, preconception, prejudgment
1.1Dislike, hostility, or unjust behavior deriving from unfounded opinions: accusations of racial prejudice
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  • Enable children to think more critically about prejudice and discriminatory behaviour.
  • The community continues to fall victim to bigotry and prejudice on a regular basis.
  • In its worse days it provides the basis for prejudice, discrimination, violence.
2chiefly Law Harm or injury that results or may result from some action or judgment: prejudice resulting from delay in the institution of the proceedings
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  • In that respect, we do not consider that any prejudice in fact resulted.
  • In the circumstances, it is necessary to assess whether the delay has caused irremediable prejudice to the defendant.
  • The Inspector failed to set out adequate reasons for his decision, as a result of which the Claimant has suffered substantial prejudice.
detriment, harm, damage, injury, hurt, loss


[with object]
1Give rise to prejudice in (someone); make biased: the statement might prejudice the jury
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  • There are very many legal things I can think of that would prejudice me against a person more than smoking.
  • The smell of antiseptic and the fear of injections prejudiced me against him then, but he was the most important person in our village.
bias, influence, sway, predispose, make biased, make partial, color
2chiefly Law Cause harm to (a state of affairs): delay is likely to prejudice the child’s welfare
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  • We do not believe this extension would prejudice the state in any way in light of the Florida Supreme Court's opinion.
  • But I believe that routine disclosure of any Category A reports would be likely to prejudice the purpose of preventing or detecting crime.
  • It is little bit hard to see how a guarantor is prejudiced by having a 10-year obligation reduced to some shorter obligation.
damage, be detrimental to, be prejudicial to, injure, harm, hurt, spoil, impair, undermine, hinder, compromise


without prejudice

Law Without detriment to any existing right or claim: the payment was made without any prejudice to her rights
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  • He is to stress that any acceptance by us of the keys is without prejudice to the dilapidations claim.
  • The motion was dismissed, on terms, without prejudice to the defendant's right to renew the motion at trial.
  • The order included a provision that it was without prejudice to the right of the defendants to add her name if they so chose.


Middle English (sense 2 of the noun): from Old French, from Latin praejudicium, from prae 'in advance' + judicium 'judgment'.

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Syllabification: prej·u·dice

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