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

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 But Bowdre ruled in favor of Gavin on the claim of ineffective counsel, finding that the performance of Gavin’s lawyers was deficient and prejudicial. Mike Cason |, al, 15 July 2022 The ruling was notable because some members of the panel during a December hearing questioned the role prejudicial evidence played in the Weinstein trial, appearing open to possibly reversing his conviction and ordering a new trial. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 Lawyers for Cruz, who had been expelled from the school one year prior to the shooting, have argued that the gun, crime scene photos and other evidence are unfairly prejudicial and should not be introduced. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 25 July 2022 The three-judge appeals court, in Thursday’s ruling, said Alabama’s Court of Criminal Appeals had reasonably determined that Gavin failed to establish that any failure by his lawyers to provide mitigating evidence was prejudicial. Mike Cason |, al, 15 July 2022 Evergreen Walk asked that Dexter recuse herself, claiming that remark was prejudicial. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 17 June 2022 McDonald is also fighting to use as evidence information about the Crumbleys' personal lives that the parents maintain is irrelevant and prejudicial. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 17 June 2022 The county stated in court records the jail incident is irrelevant to the photos lawsuit and would be highly prejudicial if it were allowed to be mentioned in the Bryant trial. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 18 June 2022 Scholars consistently show that critical thinking is like the antithesis of prejudicial thinking. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prejudicial

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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