Prejudice

Definition of Prejudice

Prej´u`dice
n.1.Foresight.
Naught might hinder his quick prejudize.
- Spenser.
2.An opinion or judgment formed without due examination; prejudgment; a leaning toward one side of a question from other considerations than those belonging to it; an unreasonable predilection for, or objection against, anything; especially, an opinion or leaning adverse to anything, without just grounds, or before sufficient knowledge.
Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was emphatically an honest man.
- Macaulay.
3.(Law) A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment.
4.Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment.
England and France might, through their amity,
Breed him some prejudice.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To cause to have prejudice; to prepossess with opinions formed without due knowledge or examination; to bias the mind of, by hasty and incorrect notions; to give an unreasonable bent to, as to one side or the other of a cause; as, to prejudice a critic or a juryman.
[imp. & p. p. Prejudiced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prejudicing .]
Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind so far as to despise all other learning.
- I. Watts
2.To obstruct or injure by prejudices, or by previous bias of the mind; hence, generally, to hurt; to damage; to injure; to impair; as, to prejudice a good cause.
Seek how may prejudice the foe.
- Shak

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