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Meaning of PREJUDICE

Pronunciation:  'prejudis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
  2. [v]  influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
  3. [v]  disadvantage by prejudice; in law

PREJUDICE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: bias, preconception, prepossess
 See Also: act upon, bias, disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour, experimenter bias, homophobia, influence, irrational hostility, partiality, partisanship, predetermine, racism, taboo, tabu, tendentiousness, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Prej"u*dice\, n. [F. pr['e]judice, L. praejudicium;
    prae before + judicium judgment. See {Prejudicate},
    1. Foresight. [Obs.]
             Naught might hinder his quick prejudize. --Spenser.
    2. An opinion or judgment formed without due examination;
       prejudgment; a leaning toward one side of a question from
       other considerations than those belonging to it; an
       unreasonable predilection for, or objection against,
       anything; especially, an opinion or leaning adverse to
       anything, without just grounds, or before sufficient
             Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was
             emphatically an honest man.           --Macaulay.
    3. (Law) A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which
       interferes with fairness of judgment.
    4. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment. --Locke.
             England and France might, through their amity, Breed
             him some prejudice.                   --Shak.
    Syn: Prejudgment; prepossession; bias; harm; hurt; damage;
         detriment; mischief; disadvantage.
  2. \Prej"u*dice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prejudiced}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Prejudicing}.] [Cf. F. pr['e]judicier. See
    {Prejudice}, n.]
    1. To cause to have prejudice; to prepossess with opinions
       formed without due knowledge or examination; to bias the
       mind of, by hasty and incorrect notions; to give an
       unreasonable bent to, as to one side or the other of a
       cause; as, to prejudice a critic or a juryman.
             Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind
             so far as to despise all other learning. --I. Watts
    2. To obstruct or injure by prejudices, or by previous bias
       of the mind; hence, generally, to hurt; to damage; to
       injure; to impair; as, to prejudice a good cause.
             Seek how may prejudice the foe.       --Shak