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

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 Ginsburg rule is the idea that justices shouldn't prejudge. James Brown, USA TODAY, 26 June 2022 His lawyer later asked the public not to prejudge him. Tom Hays, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 His lawyer later asked the public not to prejudge him. Michael Kunzelman,, 14 Apr. 2022 Judicial nominees are rightly reluctant to prejudge issues, especially when the nominee is a sitting judge. CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 This tragedy is not to prejudge Mr. Segura’s matter. oregonlive, 9 Feb. 2022 The point is: Work together, don’t prejudge and be open-minded. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 For a president of the United States to prejudge such a matter is completely outrageous. The Editors, National Review, 25 Sep. 2021 That is why a thorough investigation is needed, one that does not prejudge the outcome and so is as credible as possible, even to partisans. Donald Ayer And Norman Eisen, CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 27 Sep. 2022.

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