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Definition of prejudiced

: resulting from or having a prejudice or bias for or especially against

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Prejudice: For or Against?

Although prejudice, with its connotations of intolerance , implies a negative bias, the word can be used in positive constructions:

I, too, appreciate projects that treat a difficult subject with rigor, although I'll confess to harboring a bit of prejudice toward thing-biographies.
Adam Baer, Harper's, May 2011

That's true for the participial adjective prejudiced as well:

“The question itself as posed in the survey obviously is prejudiced in favor of the program,” said Tod Story, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada.
Neal Morton, Las Vegas Review Journal, 2 Aug. 2016

In negative constructions, prejudice and prejudiced often precede against:

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker on Tuesday ruled that claims of juror misconduct by former House Speaker Mike Hubbard failed to show that the jury was prejudiced against Hubbard.
Mike Cason,, 19 Oct. 2016

Examples of prejudiced in a Sentence

Most Americans deny being prejudiced against people of other races. I was prejudiced against the movie because of its title.

Recent Examples on the Web

The first step is to recognize the prejudiced messages that make their way into the public square. Carrie Lukas, WSJ, "Check Your Progressive Privilege," 12 Dec. 2018 Additionally, the department noted that Brown, who is black, made prejudiced comments during the encounter. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "An 11-year-old girl was suspected of shoplifting groceries. So a police officer tased her.," 6 Sep. 2018 Russian officials have mocked the British, calling their investigation bungled, prejudiced and designed to stir anti-Russia sentiments. William Booth, Washington Post, "How a Russian ex-spy was saved from one of the deadliest nerve agents ever made," 29 May 2018 The diary reveals entries that must strike the modern reader as highly disturbing, unveiling the fact that even this wise sage with the penetrating gaze held prejudiced and stereotypical beliefs about people from other nations. Ze'ev Rosenkranz, Time, "The Real Lesson of the Racial Slurs in Albert Einstein’s Private Travel Diaries," 19 June 2018 In fact, Silva’s research showed that there were only two times when potential black workers had an equal shot: When they were referred by a white man and the person hiring was not very prejudiced. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Study: You’re More Likely to Be Hired if You’re Referred by Someone White," 12 June 2018 Is the Hall of Fame prejudiced, or was baseball prejudiced and racist? Josh Rottenberg,, "Exclusive: Producer Bill Mechanic on his scorched-earth resignation from the motion picture academy's board of governors," 19 Apr. 2018 Some of it was extrapolation from a rumor or someone’s rather prejudiced account. Natalie Stone,, "Downton Abbey Creator Says He Doesn't Think The Crown's Season 2 'Was Fair to Prince Philip'," 28 June 2018 Some people lashed out at Carter, calling him the prejudiced one. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Mesa lawyer: Delivering packages while black is too big of a risk," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of prejudiced

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prejudiced was in 1579

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prej·​u·​diced | \ ˈpre-jə-dəst\

Kids Definition of prejudiced

: having or showing an unfair dislike of a person or group because of some characteristic (as race or religion) a prejudiced comment


prej·​u·​diced | \ ˈpre-jə-dəst\

Legal Definition of prejudiced

: resulting from or having a prejudice or bias for or especially against alleged that the trial judge was prejudiced

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