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 It’s always dangerous to prejudge a criminal case based on videos and evidence in... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Atlanta Shooting," 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., "Who are the City Council candidates in Newton’s Ward 3?," 22 Oct. 2019 President Obama being rebuked by James Comey for being perceived to have prejudged the Clinton email investigation. NBC News, "Meet the Press - February 16, 2020," 16 Feb. 2020 The managers also called on senators not to prejudge the proceedings. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Impeachment managers say in brief that Trump's misconduct is "a danger" to national security," 18 Jan. 2020 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

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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 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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