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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 lawsuit cites a watchdog group’s report last year that identified several St. Louis officers accused of posting racist, violent or prejudiced messages on Facebook. Time, "St. Louis Prosecutor Sues City, Claiming Racist Interests Tried to Force Her Out," 13 Jan. 2020 His only way around prejudiced landlords is a desperate masquerade. Dohra Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "A Lark in West Indian London," 10 Jan. 2020 Male police executives, on the other hand, were more authoritarian and prejudiced than the women studied. Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: Male police superintendents haven’t been all that great in Chicago. It’s time to give a woman a chance.," 11 Dec. 2019 Conservatives, while avoiding portraying the system as inherently prejudiced, have often focused on the financial burden mass incarceration places on governments., "Trump and his allies billed the speech, at Benedict College in Columbia, as a chance for the president to step outside the friendly confines of his supporter base and pitch his administration’s record on criminal justice reform and black employment directly to a black audience.," 26 Oct. 2019 The attorney for a Euclid police officer facing misdemeanor charges in the beating of a motorist has requested a change of venue, arguing that copious media coverage of the case has unfairly prejudiced potential jurors. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Attorney for Euclid police officer charged in motorist’s beating seeks change of venue," 27 Nov. 2019 The template for the show is quite simple, really: Cohen, disguised as an exaggeratedly prejudiced foreign character, hosts a guest in a fake interview or engages with a group of strangers in any variety of settings. Nate Hochman, National Review, "Sacha Baron Cohen’s Tired Elitist Shtick," 25 June 2019 Police connected the account to Reardon and discovered that his account had posted racist slurs and other prejudiced comments, local ABC affiliate WYTV reported. Tara Law, Time, "Ohio Police Arrest White Supremacist Who Allegedly Threatened to Attack Jewish Community Center," 18 Aug. 2019 Where other artists would shy away due to fear of being dropped by a more conservative audience, Swift has planted herself firmly as an ally to the LGBTQ community, regardless of what some prejudiced listeners may think. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Why Taylor Swift's Open Support of the LGBTQ Community Should Be Celebrated," 14 June 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prejudiced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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