pre·​judge | \(ˌ)prē-ˈjəj \
prejudged; prejudging; prejudges

Definition of prejudge 

transitive verb

: to judge before hearing or before full and sufficient examination

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Other Words from prejudge

prejudger noun
prejudgment \ (ˌ)prē-​ˈjəj-​mənt \ noun

Examples of prejudge in a Sentence

Officials complain that some reporters have prejudged the outcome of the investigation. She was wrong for prejudging him.

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And Mr Trump is wrong to prejudge the status of Jerusalem. The Economist, "Israel must answer for the deaths in Gaza," 17 May 2018 But the implication of the statements was that the caravan would face elevated scrutiny at best — and, at worst, that the Trump administration really had prejudged the caravan members. Dara Lind, Vox, "The migrant caravan has finally arrived at the border. So has the crackdown.," 30 Apr. 2018 That will be fodder for Trump who will say the former FBI director had prejudged the case before even seeing it. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The 70 must-see lines in James Comey's ABC interview," 16 Apr. 2018 Critics say the embassy move prejudges the outcome of any future negotiations over the city. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "New U.S. Embassy May Be in Jerusalem, but Not in Israel," 7 Mar. 2018 The groups say the quote indicates has prejudged an entire category of people who come to his court. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Advocacy groups seek sanctions against Harris County judge who disparaged Black Lives Matter," 2 Mar. 2018 Trump said his decision merely recognizes the fact that Jerusalem already serves as Israel's capital and is not meant to prejudge the final borders of the city. Ian Deitch,, "2 Palestinians shot dead in continued clashes over Jerusalem status," 23 Dec. 2017 Trump said the move was not meant to prejudge negotiations on the final borders of the city, and instead merely recognized reality since Jerusalem already serves as Israel’s capital. Washington Post, "Israel, US team up to block UN vote on Jerusalem," 20 Dec. 2017 The President took great care not to prejudge final status negotiations in any way, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "US stands alone, defiant at UN Security Council over Jerusalem," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of prejudge

1579, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prejudge

Middle French prejuger, from Latin praejudicare, from prae- + judicare to judge — more at judge entry 2

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The first known use of prejudge was in 1579

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English Language Learners Definition of prejudge

: to form an opinion about (someone or something) before you have enough understanding or knowledge

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