prejudicial

adjective prej·u·di·cial \ ˌpre-jə-ˈdi-shəl \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

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

prejudicially

play \ˌpre-jə-ˈdi-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

prejudicialness

play \ˌpre-jə-ˈdi-shəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of prejudicial in a Sentence

  1. The judge ruled that the prejudicial effect of the evidence outweighed its value.

  2. pretrial publicity that may be extremely prejudicial to a defendant's right to a fair trial

Recent Examples of prejudicial from the Web

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First Known Use of prejudicial

15th century


PREJUDICIAL Defined for English Language Learners

prejudicial

adjective

Definition of prejudicial for English Language Learners

  • : showing an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc. : showing prejudice

  • : causing or likely to cause injury or harm to someone or something


Law Dictionary

prejudicial

adjective prej·u·di·cial \ ˌpre-jə-ˈdi-shəl \

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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