prej·​u·​di·​cial | \ ˌpre-jə-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce prejudicial (audio) \

Definition of prejudicial

1 : tending to injure or impair : detrimental a transfer prejudicial to other creditors
2 : leading to premature judgment or unwarranted opinion prejudicial evidence

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Other Words from prejudicial

prejudicially \ ˌpre-​jə-​ˈdi-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prejudicial (audio) \ adverb
prejudicialness \ ˌpre-​jə-​ˈdi-​shəl-​nəs How to pronounce prejudicial (audio) \ noun

Examples of prejudicial in a Sentence

The judge ruled that the prejudicial effect of the evidence outweighed its value. pretrial publicity that may be extremely prejudicial to a defendant's right to a fair trial
Recent Examples on the Web The district court did not improperly preclude Roof from introducing mitigating evidence or admit improper aggravating evidence that characterized Roof or the parishioners in a prejudicial way, and any error was harmless. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 25 May 2021 Both Doyle’s attorney and the Gresham police union have criticized the delay as prejudicial to the officer and unfair to the family of the man who died, Israel Mark Tyler Berry, 49. oregonlive, 15 May 2021 But the novel does not allow prideful Darcy and prejudicial Elizabeth to dwell in spite alone. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 13 May 2021 The bank, for its part, denies that its treatment of Lesane was in any way prejudicial or racist. Whizy Kim,, 28 Apr. 2021 In response to those announcements, an image on social media falsely claims that these brands will implement hiring practices that are prejudicial toward white people. Devon Link, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2021 The settlement was announced at the end of the first week of jury selection, angering the defense and trial judge because of its possible prejudicial impact. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 Judge Cahill made his remarks about Congresswoman Waters’s rabble-rousing upon the renewal by defense counsel Eric Nelson of Chauvin’s motion for a mistrial based on prejudicial publicity and jury intimidation. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 19 Apr. 2021 Highsmith absorbed this hostility, filling her early notebooks with racially prejudicial thoughts. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of prejudicial

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prejudicial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prejudicial

: showing an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc. : showing prejudice
formal : causing or likely to cause injury or harm to someone or something


prej·​u·​di·​cial | \ ˌpre-jə-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce prejudicial (audio) \

Legal Definition of prejudicial

: having the effect of prejudice: as
a : tending to injure or impair rights such a transfer would be prejudicial to other creditors
b : leading to a decision or judgment on an improper basis the evidence was excluded because it was more prejudicial than probative


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