prejudiced

adjective

prej·​u·​diced ˈpre-jə-dəst How to pronounce prejudiced (audio)
: resulting from or having a prejudice or bias for or especially against

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Prejudice: For or Against?

Although prejudice, with its connotations of intolerance , implies a negative bias, the word can be used in positive constructions:

I, too, appreciate projects that treat a difficult subject with rigor, although I'll confess to harboring a bit of prejudice toward thing-biographies.
Adam Baer, Harper's, May 2011

That's true for the participial adjective prejudiced as well:

“The question itself as posed in the survey obviously is prejudiced in favor of the program,” said Tod Story, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada.
Neal Morton, Las Vegas Review Journal, 2 Aug. 2016

In negative constructions, prejudice and prejudiced often precede against:

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker on Tuesday ruled that claims of juror misconduct by former House Speaker Mike Hubbard failed to show that the jury was prejudiced against Hubbard.
Mike Cason, AL.com, 19 Oct. 2016

Examples of prejudiced in a Sentence

Most Americans deny being prejudiced against people of other races. I was prejudiced against the movie because of its title.
Recent Examples on the Web Until the latter part of the 20th century, LGBTQ behavior was thought of negatively by an overwhelming number of voters, and prejudiced jokes told in public were often met with laughter, not with condemnation. Kenneth S. Birnbaum, Baltimore Sun, 14 May 2024 In her own eyes, Hannah cannot escape the shadow of her crimes, which are the innocent mistakes of a young woman criminalized by a prejudiced populace. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 9 May 2024 At worst, providers may be actively prejudiced against trans people. TIME, 8 May 2024 Nearly 900 actors have signed an open letter condemning racist and prejudiced attacks against Romeo & Juliet actress Francesca Amewudah-Rivers. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2024 Residents also said Phoenix Housing Authority officials were prejudiced against Africans Americans, segregated the housing complex and didn't communicate effectively. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar. 2024 Even in these spaces, Black women can still be prejudiced against, or perceived as stereotypically angry, aggressive or difficult, Dickens said. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 Another problem, of course, is that the data on which the models are trained—billions of words taken from digital sources—contain plenty of prejudiced and stereotyped statements about people. David Berreby, Scientific American, 20 Feb. 2024 People who didn’t know my background often shared hurtful, biased and prejudiced comments about Mexican Americans. Greg Bardsley, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prejudiced was in 1579

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“Prejudiced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prejudiced. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

prejudiced

adjective
prej·​u·​diced
ˈpre-jə-dəst
: resulting from or having a prejudice or bias for or especially against
alleged that the trial judge was prejudiced

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