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[prej-uh-dish-uh l]
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  1. causing prejudice or disadvantage; detrimental.
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Origin of prejudicial

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin praejūdiciālis; see prejudice, -al1
Related formsprej·u·di·cial·ly, adverbprej·u·di·cial·ness, nounnon·prej·u·di·cial, adjectivenon·prej·u·di·cial·ly, adverbun·prej·u·di·cial, adjectiveun·prej·u·di·cial·ly, adverb
Can be confusedprejudiced prejudicial
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  1. causing prejudice; detrimental or damaging
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Derived Formsprejudicially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prejudicial


early 15c., "causing prejudice;" 1530s, "full of prejudice," from prejudice (n.) + -al (1), or else from Middle French prejudicial and directly from Medieval Latin prejudicialis "injurious," from Latin praeiudicium.

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