pre·​judge | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈjəj How to pronounce prejudge (audio) \
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 How to pronounce prejudge (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The White House is expecting the Republican counteroffer by Thursday and doesn’t want to prejudge what’s in there. Lisa Mascaro And Jonathan Lemire,, 25 May 2021 Republicans are united in opposition to a plan that would undo the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and even many Democrats critical of the court are reluctant to prejudge the issue while Mr. Biden’s commission is at work. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021 Commissioners, whose work is quasi-judicial, usually refrain from opining on issues before them so as not to prejudge a case. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2020 All of us have individual race prejudice: anyone can prejudge a person based on race alone. Abigail Libers, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2020 The inside joke also carried a message: Don’t prejudge me. Billy Witz, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2020 It’s always dangerous to prejudge a criminal case based on videos and evidence in... The Editorial Board, WSJ, 19 June 2020 Explain why you either support or oppose the following proposals: Per the Newton Law Department: Councilors should avoid prejudging a potential petition prior to the conclusion of the Council’s review., 22 Oct. 2019 President Obama being rebuked by James Comey for being perceived to have prejudged the Clinton email investigation. NBC News, 16 Feb. 2020

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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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“Prejudge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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