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Definition of prejudiced

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

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 Overall, the survey results indicated that discrimination is a problem on campus but that its likely cause is a numerical minority of highly prejudiced people. David Z. Hambrick, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2021 The topics ranged from developing students’ study skills to avoiding prejudiced or racist assignments or student interactions. Mikhail Zinshteyn, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Nov. 2021 Satchel Paige pitching his first winning game in the major leagues at the age of 42, after being blocked from playing in the majors for decades by racist segregation practices and prejudiced owners. Brian Bennett, Time, 29 Oct. 2021 Perpetrators of cancel culture argue not only that America’s institutions are irredeemably oppressive and prejudiced, but also that anyone who tries to defend those institutions is also irredeemably oppressive and racist. WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 Unfortunately, his comment was based on the reviewer Katie Roiphe’s partial and prejudiced assessment of our work. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Even in the warmth of that environment, she was not spared the cruelties of audism, a prejudiced view of deaf people that is expressed in ways subtle and overt. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Buckingham Palace is responding to claims that heads of staff previously exercised prejudiced hiring practices. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 June 2021 Contact theory is the idea that people from different groups will, under certain key conditions, tend to become less prejudiced towards one another after spending time together. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of prejudiced

1579, in the meaning defined above

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“Prejudiced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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