[prej-uh-dish-uh l]


causing prejudice or disadvantage; detrimental.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prejudicial

Contemporary Examples of prejudicial

  • That assertion, given by Shore in a pre-trial deposition, would have been too prejudicial to present to the jury, the court ruled.

  • "Positive individual income shocks produce changes in lifestyles which may well be prejudicial to health," the report reads.

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    Lotto Death Curse

    Anneli Rufus

    February 19, 2010

  • Every important perspective on this issue is opposed to justice being hobbled by “unwritten laws” of prejudicial entitlement.

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    A College, a Gun—and a Big Injustice

    Stanley Crouch

    June 7, 2009

Historical Examples of prejudicial

British Dictionary definitions for prejudicial



causing prejudice; detrimental or damaging
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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