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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 How to get space from mean, prejudiced thought patterns? Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Judgment might lead to radical acceptance," 2 Jan. 2021 Anyone can be cruel, prejudiced, ignorant, or overly glib in a newspaper quote. Jennifer Brooks, Star Tribune, "Flap over Minneapolis deputy chief's 'white boys' comment missed point," 28 Oct. 2020 The donors who harbored more implicit bias against darker skin were less likely to give more than US$10 to the charity than those who were less prejudiced. Abhishek Bhati, The Conversation, "Prejudice against people with darker skin may make donors less generous," 20 Oct. 2020 But factors that are included or excluded in the algorithms used to create a credit score can have the same effect as lending decisions made by prejudiced White loan officers. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Credit scores are supposed to be race-neutral. That’s impossible.," 16 Oct. 2020 Promoting a prejudiced discourse, which Greece and the GCs boast about, will never serve that end. WSJ, "Turkey Is Not the Aggressor in Dispute With Greece," 25 Sep. 2020 In fact, Pride was born out of an opposition to prejudiced police officers both at Stonewall in New York and at Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Banning cops from Pride doesn’t feel like solidarity," 15 Sep. 2020 This prejudiced contemplation has distorted our attention to focus on Asia, on DNA, despite clear testimony that indicts major, pre-existing health inequities for the undue burden of pandemic suffering in communities of color. Jennifer Tsai, Scientific American, "COVID-19’s Disparate Impacts Are Not a Story about Race," 8 Sep. 2020 The killings of the Said sisters fed into a prejudiced narrative that Muslims are violent and discriminate against women, said Imam Omar Suleiman of Irving’s Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. Dallas News, "‘Honor killings’ a false narrative in Irving teens’ deaths, Muslim community says," 30 Aug. 2020

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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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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Prejudiced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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