prejudicial

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

Definition of prejudicial

  1. 1 :  tending to injure or impair :  detrimental <a transfer prejudicial to other creditors>

  2. 2 :  leading to premature judgment or unwarranted opinion <prejudicial evidence>

prejudicially

play \-ˈdi-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

prejudicialness

play \-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>

15th Century

First Known Use of prejudicial

15th century


PREJUDICIAL Defined for English Language Learners

prejudicial

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

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

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

Legal Definition of prejudicial

  1. :  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>



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up prejudicial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a harsh rebuke

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ