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 prejudgment (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 only way to combat all forms of prejudice is to see them as different aspects of the same root, prejudging another group of people., "Letters: Howard redistricting plan fixes nothing; don’t blame ICE for doing its job; and more from readers," 3 Sep. 2019 This knowledge is more valuable than prejudging others solely for their appearance. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for Aug. 9, 2019: Aries, really get to know someone; Pisces, hit the reset button," 9 Aug. 2019 Employees listened to eight short audio clips of people recounting real-life situations in which Starbucks employees confessed to prejudging customers. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "What actually happens in bias training seminars?," 11 June 2019 Most countries have maintained their embassies in Tel Aviv so as to not prejudge the outcome of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Fox News, "Paraguay president calls Israel's embassy move 'exaggerated'," 6 Sep. 2018 So far, Senate leaders are failing that test, prejudging the outcome of a hearing, sympathizing with her perpetrator, attacking her credibility. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 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

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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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8 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Prejudge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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