[prej-uh-dish-uh l]
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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. 2018

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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.

British Dictionary definitions for prejudicially


  1. causing prejudice; detrimental or damaging
Derived Formsprejudicially, 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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