a preliminary round of judging, as in a contest where a certain number or percentage of the entrants are eliminated before the final judging.

Origin of prejudging

First recorded in 1660–70; pre- + judge + -ing1



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; < French préjuger < Latin praejūdicāre. See pre-, judge
Related formspre·judg·er, nounpre·judg·ment; especially British, pre·judge·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for prejudging

decide, presume, forejudge

Examples from the Web for prejudging

Historical Examples of prejudging

  • I am not now prejudging the question of its justifiableness.

    The Subjection of Women

    John Stuart Mill

  • That is how most trouble starts, I reckon—not understanding, prejudging.

    Stepsons of Light

    Eugene Manlove Rhodes

  • Mr. Nicholas remarked that it was prejudging the question to say that nothing could arise out of a consideration of the Message.

  • They retorted by accusing him, among other things, of prejudging her and 'entering into God's secret counsel.'

    John Knox

    A. Taylor Innes

  • It was a steady, passionless stare, rather like one seeking an explanation, than prejudging a motive.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for prejudging



(tr) to judge beforehand, esp without sufficient evidence
Derived Formsprejudger, nounprejudgment or prejudgement, noun
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Word Origin and History for prejudging



1560s, from French préjuger (16c.), equivalent to Latin praejudicare "to judge beforehand;" see pre- + judge (v.). Related: Prejudged; prejudging; prejudgment.

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