verb (used with object), pre·judged, pre·judg·ing.
- to judge beforehand.
- to pass judgment on prematurely or without sufficient reflection or investigation.
Origin of prejudge
1555–65;Related formspre·judg·er, nounpre·judg·ment; especially British, pre·judge·ment, noun
< French préjuger
< Latin praejūdicāre.
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British Dictionary definitions for prejudgement
Derived Formsprejudger, nounprejudgment or prejudgement, noun
- (tr) to judge beforehand, esp without sufficient evidence
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Word Origin and History for prejudgement
1560s, from French préjuger (16c.), equivalent to Latin praejudicare "to judge beforehand;" see pre- + judge (v.). Related: Prejudged; prejudging; prejudgment.
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