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

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The researchers found Merseyside county, home to Liverpool, experienced an almost 19% decline in prejudicial crimes after 2017 when Salah joined. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Liverpool’s Mo Salah is reducing Islamophobia in the UK one goal at a time," 20 June 2019 Laettner was found to have committed prejudicial misconduct, a lesser violation, for many of the statements toward or about women’s appearances. Megan Cassidy,, "Panel sustains findings of misconduct against Contra Costa County judge," 14 June 2019 Prosecutors lodge charges against suspects when the alleged misconduct is prejudicial to good order and discipline or brings discredit upon the services. Carl Prine,, "Miramar Marine officer accused of beating wife, bedding mistresses across three states," 1 Mar. 2018 The league’s constitution makes clear that Silver can severely punish any franchise, owner or team employee who, in Silver’s opinion, is guilty of conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the NBA. Michael Mccann,, "How Will the NBA Respond to the Mavericks’ Misconduct Allegations?," 20 Feb. 2018 In practice, that is prejudicial: Many schools treat virtually any behavior by the accuser—including actions that real courts properly interpret as evidence of deception—as consistent with truthfulness. Kc Johnson And, WSJ, "DeVos Keeps Her Promise on Campus Due Process," 18 Nov. 2018 But psychological research suggests that Trump’s rhetoric also encourages people who already have prejudicial views to act on those views. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language," 14 Aug. 2018 Andreavich argued that the Facebook posts involved prior uncharged conduct, were unfairly prejudicial, and were irrelevant to the sale that prompted her arrest. Washington Post, "Court upholds conviction of medical marijuana activist," 20 June 2018 Henderson also claims the judge made improper rulings on evidence, allowing the jury to hear evidence that should have been inadmissible and that was unfairly prejudicial. Mike Cason,, "Former Jefferson County DA-elect seeks new trial on perjury," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prejudicial

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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