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[prej-uh-dish-uh l] /ˌprɛdʒ əˈdɪʃ əl/
causing prejudice or disadvantage; detrimental.
Origin of prejudicial
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin praejūdiciālis; see prejudice, -al1
Related forms
prejudicially, adverb
prejudicialness, noun
nonprejudicial, adjective
nonprejudicially, adverb
unprejudicial, adjective
unprejudicially, adverb
Can be confused
prejudiced, prejudicial. Unabridged
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  • But surely that will prejudicially affect the rumor you were going to spread, sire?

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • The batswing was not so prejudicially affected by an excess of pressure.

    Gas Burners Owen Merriman
  • He was informed that the estate of nearly every member of the House of Lords would have been prejudicially affected thereby.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • "The question is prejudicially framed, Brother Badger," said Shagarach.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Mephibosheth, how prejudicially soever misrepresented, yet rejoiceth that the King is come in Peace to his own house.

  • In a word, all that could prejudicially affect his nervous system is vigorously excluded from his table.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for prejudicially


causing prejudice; detrimental or damaging
Derived Forms
prejudicially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prejudicially



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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