prejudicial

adjective
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 prejudicially (audio) \ adverb
prejudicialness \ ˌpre-​jə-​ˈdi-​shəl-​nəs How to pronounce prejudicialness (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 Hurwitz asked why the prejudicial impact was so great. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Convicted drug trafficker argues trial shouldn't have included alleged Mexican Mafia ties," 6 Mar. 2018 The club’s response throughout the process has been a full-throated denial, and accusations that UEFA’s process has been biased and prejudicial. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "UEFA Warns Staff of Safety Concerns Amid Manchester City Backlash," 27 Feb. 2020 With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity. cleveland, "Manchester City banned from UEFA Champions League for two seasons for ‘breaches’ of spending rules," 14 Feb. 2020 With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity. Rob Harris, Houston Chronicle, "UEFA bans Manchester City from Champions League for 2 seasons," 14 Feb. 2020 Everyone’s phones blew up ... with incredibly prejudicial news alerts (about the L.A. charges). Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Harvey Weinstein's lawyers ask judge to recuse himself, 50 more potential jurors dismissed," 8 Jan. 2020 The Appeals Court agreed that the line of questioning was relevant and not unfairly prejudicial. oregonlive, "Portland aggravated murder conviction reversed after defense barred from asking key witness whether she was racist," 24 Oct. 2019 The changes are Uber’s attempt to shield itself from being forced to reclassify drivers as employees under the state’s new gig-work law, AB5, but some outside groups say the overhaul creates conditions for prejudicial treatment. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Uber’s new policies could encourage discrimination, advocates fear," 15 Jan. 2020 Gelber asked a judge to block prosecutors from telling the jury that Diaz had been fired repeatedly and barred from selling securities, saying the information was prejudicial and irrelevant. Michael Rubinkam, Fortune, "Former Top Stockbroker on Trial for Losing Clients’ Life Savings," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of prejudicial

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prejudicial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prejudicial. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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prejudicial

adjective
How to pronounce prejudicial (audio)

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

prejudicial

adjective
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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