- an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
- any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
- unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group.
- such attitudes considered collectively: The war against prejudice is never-ending.
- damage or injury; detriment: a law that operated to the prejudice of the majority.
- to affect with a prejudice, either favorable or unfavorable: His honesty and sincerity prejudiced us in his favor.
- without prejudice, Law. without dismissing, damaging, or otherwise affecting a legal interest or demand.
Origin of prejudice
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Examples from the Web for prejudicing
She was trying to do this calmly; she was trying to keep sentiment from prejudicing her.'Firebrand' Trevison
Charles Alden Seltzer
Let no one suspect us capable of prejudicing the rights of any man.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84
John Lothrop Motley
Further, it was regarded as prejudicing the cause of political reform.The Political Future of India
This, so far from prejudicing her with her captors, gained her their favor.The History of Peru
Henry S. Beebe
You were so sorry to leave London, that I would not praise Yrndale for fear of prejudicing you against it.Weighed and Wanting
- an opinion formed beforehand, esp an unfavourable one based on inadequate facts
- the act or condition of holding such opinions
- intolerance of or dislike for people of a specific race, religion, etc
- disadvantage or injury resulting from prejudice
- to the prejudice of to the detriment of
- without prejudice law without dismissing or detracting from an existing right or claim
- to cause to be prejudiced
- to disadvantage or injure by prejudice
Word Origin and History for prejudicing
c.1300, "despite, contempt," from Old French prejudice "prejudice, damage" (13c.), from Medieval Latin prejudicium "injustice," from Latin praeiudicium "prior judgment," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + iudicium "judgment," from iudex (genitive iudicis) "a judge" (see judge (v.)). Meaning "injury, physical harm" is mid-14c., as is legal sense "detriment or damage caused by the violation of a legal right." Meaning "preconceived opinion" (especially but not necessarily unfavorable) is from late 14c. in English.
mid-15c., "to injure or be detrimental to," from prejudice (n.). The meaning "to affect or fill with prejudice" is from c.1600. Related: Prejudiced; prejudicing.
A hostile opinion about some person or class of persons. Prejudice is socially learned and is usually grounded in misconception, misunderstanding, and inflexible generalizations. In particular, African-Americans have been victims of prejudice on a variety of social, economic, and political levels. (See civil rights movement and segregation.)