Prejudice Prej"u*dice, n. [F. pr['e]judice, L. praejudicium; prae before + judicium judgment. See {Prejudicate}, {Judicial}.] 1. Foresight. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Naught might hinder his quick prejudize. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. An opinion or judgment formed without due examination; prejudgment; a leaning toward one side of a question from other considerations than those belonging to it; an unreasonable predilection for, or objection against, anything; especially, an opinion or leaning adverse to anything, without just grounds, or before sufficient knowledge. [1913 Webster]

Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was emphatically an honest man. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment. [1913 Webster]

4. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

England and France might, through their amity, Breed him some prejudice. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Prejudgment; prepossession; bias; harm; hurt; damage; detriment; mischief; disadvantage. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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