adjective \ˌpre-jə-ˈdi-shəl\

: showing an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc. : showing prejudice

: causing or likely to cause injury or harm to someone or something

Full Definition of PREJUDICIAL

:  tending to injure or impair :  detrimental <a transfer prejudicial to other creditors>
:  leading to premature judgment or unwarranted opinion <prejudicial evidence>
prej·u·di·cial·ly \-ˈdi-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
prej·u·di·cial·ness \-shəl-nəs\ noun


  1. The judge ruled that the prejudicial effect of the evidence outweighed its value.
  2. <pretrial publicity that may be extremely prejudicial to a defendant's right to a fair trial>

First Known Use of PREJUDICIAL

15th century


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