Definitions for: Prejudice

[n] a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
[v] influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
[v] disadvantage by prejudice; in law

Webster (1913) Definition: Prej"u*dice, n. [F. pr['e]judice, L. praejudicium;
prae before + judicium judgment. See Prejudicate,
1. Foresight. [Obs.]

Naught might hinder his quick prejudize. --Spenser.

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

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

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

4. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment. --Locke.

England and France might, through their amity, Breed
him some prejudice. --Shak.

Syn: Prejudgment; prepossession; bias; harm; hurt; damage;
detriment; mischief; disadvantage.

Prej"u*dice, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prejudiced; p.
pr. & vb. n. Prejudicing.] [Cf. F. pr['e]judicier. See
Prejudice, n.]
1. To cause to have prejudice; to prepossess with opinions
formed without due knowledge or examination; to bias the
mind of, by hasty and incorrect notions; to give an
unreasonable bent to, as to one side or the other of a
cause; as, to prejudice a critic or a juryman.

Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind
so far as to despise all other learning. --I. Watts

2. To obstruct or injure by prejudices, or by previous bias
of the mind; hence, generally, to hurt; to damage; to
injure; to impair; as, to prejudice a good cause.

Seek how may prejudice the foe. --Shak

Synonyms: bias, preconception, prepossess

See Also: act upon, bias, disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour, experimenter bias, homophobia, influence, irrational hostility, partiality, partisanship, predetermine, racism, taboo, tabu, tendentiousness, work

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