Meaning of prejudice in English:


Pronunciation /ˈprɛdʒʊdɪs/

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mass noun
  • 1Preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

    ‘ prejudice against people from different backgrounds’
    • ‘deep-rooted class prejudices’
    • ‘The study suggested that prejudice against accents was in decline.’
    • ‘It is certainly prejudice which stands in the way of most people's appreciation of Baroque art.’
    • ‘Ignorance is the mother of prejudice, whether among nations or individuals.’
    • ‘There is significant and persistent prejudice against nuclear power among both the public and policymakers.’
    • ‘There's a lot of stigma and prejudice about mental health problems.’
    • ‘More epilepsy awareness is necessary to break down the fear, stigma and prejudice around the condition.’
    • ‘I imagine there is some resistance to the idea that extends beyond prejudice against the unfamiliar.’
    • ‘We put up protective walls made of opinions, prejudices and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt.’
    • ‘Each of us observes the world and the people with whom we come in contact through a lens refracted by our own upbringing, experiences and prejudices.’
    • ‘An unexpected and challenging aspect of my new role was battling with preconceived prejudice towards patients requiring palliative care.’
    preconceived idea, preconception, preconceived notion
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    1. 1.1Dislike, hostility, or unjust behaviour deriving from preconceived and unfounded opinions.
      ‘accusations of racial prejudice’
      • ‘The community continues to fall victim to bigotry and prejudice on a regular basis.’
      • ‘He is taking the cast through the trial scene in To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee's classic story of racial prejudice in the American south.’
      • ‘We were met with great prejudice and hostility in the workplace and often had to settle for lower-paid, part-time and freelance contracts.’
      • ‘It is one of the most misunderstood conditions in society, leaving sufferers facing prejudice on a daily basis.’
      • ‘Their lives were marred by poverty and misfortune due in large part to discrimination and prejudice.’
      • ‘Slurs, prejudice, and institutionalized discrimination were commonplace back then.’
      • ‘Religious or racial prejudice and xenophobia are not likely to go away as long as human nature is what it is.’
      • ‘We continue to suffer prejudice from day to day for speaking our country's unique language.’
      • ‘I would like to hear from anyone who has experienced prejudice as a result of being female when involved in their chosen sport.’
      • ‘We've all experienced prejudice and discrimination first hand.’
      • ‘Anti-gay prejudice is rife.’
      • ‘There are more women going into technology now and there is less overt prejudice.’
      bigotry, bias, partisanship, partiality, intolerance, discrimination, a jaundiced eye, preference, one-sidedness, unfairness, inequality, inequity
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  • 2Law
    Harm or injury that results or may result from some action or judgement.

    ‘prejudice resulting from delay in the institution of the proceedings’
    • ‘In that respect, we do not consider that any prejudice in fact resulted.’
    • ‘In the circumstances, it is necessary to assess whether the delay has caused irremediable prejudice to the defendant.’
    • ‘The Inspector failed to set out adequate reasons for his decision, as a result of which the Claimant has suffered substantial prejudice.’
    • ‘If the terms are causing significant prejudice in conjunction with the delay, an accused should apply to vary those conditions.’
    • ‘In the present case, I see no irreparable harm or prejudice that cannot be compensated for by costs.’
    detriment, harm, disadvantage, damage, injury, hurt, impairment, loss
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[with object]
  • 1Give rise to prejudice in (someone); make biased.

    ‘the statement might prejudice the jury’
    • ‘There are very many legal things I can think of that would prejudice me against a person more than smoking.’
    • ‘The smell of antiseptic and the fear of injections prejudiced me against him then, but he was the most important person in our village.’
    bias, influence, sway, predispose, make biased, make partial, make partisan, colour, poison, jaundice, warp, twist, slant, distort
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  • 2Law
    Cause harm to (a state of affairs)

    ‘delay is likely to prejudice the child's welfare’
    • ‘We do not believe this extension would prejudice the state in any way in light of the Florida Supreme Court's opinion.’
    • ‘But I believe that routine disclosure of any Category A reports would be likely to prejudice the purpose of preventing or detecting crime.’
    • ‘It is little bit hard to see how a guarantor is prejudiced by having a 10-year obligation reduced to some shorter obligation.’
    • ‘The Defendants have not been prejudiced by this error.’
    • ‘The plaintiff would be greatly prejudiced by any further delay in posting the security.’
    damage, be detrimental to, be prejudicial to, be disadvantageous to, injure, harm, hurt, mar, spoil, impair, undermine, be deleterious to, hinder, compromise, drive a nail into the coffin of
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    with prejudice
    • Extinguishing any right to pursue a claim in another suit.

      ‘the suit was dismissed with prejudice’
      • ‘In case of the class-action suit, following the deal with the Commision, all claims were dismissed with prejudice on 12 June.’
      • ‘This determination obviously put it in good stead because the company's lawsuit has been dismissed with prejudice.’
      • ‘That lawsuit, which Henning intended as a class action, was dismissed twice, the second time with prejudice, for failing to adequately state a claim.’
      • ‘However, as it did nothing to either entertain or offend me, I am dismissing this case with prejudice.’
    without prejudice
    • Without detriment to any existing right or claim.

      ‘the payment was made without any prejudice to her rights’
      • ‘He is to stress that any acceptance by us of the keys is without prejudice to the dilapidations claim.’
      • ‘The motion was dismissed, on terms, without prejudice to the defendant's right to renew the motion at trial.’
      • ‘The order included a provision that it was without prejudice to the right of the defendants to add her name if they so chose.’
      • ‘This discharge is in addition to and without prejudice to any other discharge given to the Trustees.’
      • ‘This procedure is without prejudice to the Supervising Officer's responsibility under the building contract.’


Middle English (in prejudice (sense 2 of the noun)): from Old French, from Latin praejudicium, from prae ‘in advance’ + judicium ‘judgement’.