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verb (used with object), pre·judged, pre·judg·ing.
  1. to judge beforehand.
  2. to pass judgment on prematurely or without sufficient reflection or investigation.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • What kind of a precedent, and how great a prejudgment must this be for posterity!

    Letters of John Calvin, Volume I (of 4)

    Jules Bonnet

  • A prejudgment of this kind is unworthy of a scientific mind.

    American Hero-Myths

    Daniel G. Brinton

  • This prejudgment of the case was acquiesced in, and Joan was brought in with fetters on her legs.

  • I here only desire to avoid any prejudgment of these questions in my definition of my own good.

    The Methods of Ethics

    Henry Sidgwick

  • It will not be devoid of interest to contrast the prejudgment of the French bourgeois with the judgment of the English bourgeois.

British Dictionary definitions for prejudgment


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



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

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