- 1Preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience: English prejudice against foreigners [count noun]: deep-rooted class prejudicesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Dislike, hostility, or unjust behaviour deriving from preconceived and unfounded opinions: accusations of racial prejudiceMore example sentences
- 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 judgement: prejudice resulting from delay in the institution of the proceedingsMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Give rise to prejudice in (someone); make biased: the statement might prejudice the juryMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2chiefly Law Cause harm to (a state of affairs): delay is likely to prejudice the child’s welfareMore example sentences
- 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.
- Law Extinguishing any right to pursue a claim in another suit: the suit was dismissed with prejudiceMore example sentences
- In case of the class-action suit, following the deal with the Commision, all claims were dismissed with prejudice on 12 June.
- This determination obviously put it in good stead because the company's lawsuit has been dismissed with prejudice.
- That lawsuit, which Henning intended as a class action, was dismissed twice, the second time with prejudice, for failing to adequately state a claim.
- Law Without detriment to any existing right or claim: the payment was made without any prejudice to her rightsMore example sentences
- 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 (in sense 2 of the noun): from Old French, from Latin praejudicium, from prae 'in advance' + judicium 'judgement'.