I. prejudice prejudice 2 verb [transitive]
1. to influence someone so they have an unfair opinion about someone or something, and therefore do not treat them equally:

• She argued that the publicity will endanger her client's right to a fair trial by prejudicing future jurors.

prejudice somebody against somebody/​something

• Her domineering managerial techniques must have prejudiced employees against her still more.

2. to have a bad effect on the future of someone or something:

• A criminal record will prejudice your chances of getting a job.

  [m0] II. prejudice prej‧u‧dice 1 [ˈpredʒds] noun [countable, uncountable]
1. an unreasonable dislike of people because they are different from you in some way, especially because of their race, sex, or religious beliefs:

• prejudice in the workplace

• the staff's awareness of their own prejudices

2. an unreasonable opinion about something or dislike of it:
prejudice against

• There's still a great deal of prejudice against direct marketing.

3. with/​without prejudice LAW if a legal case is settled with prejudice, it will not be possible to open the case again. If it is settled without prejudice, it will be possible to bring the case to court at a later date:

• All pending lawsuits between the two companies will be dismissed with prejudice.

• The findings were accepted without prejudice.

— prejudiced adjective :

• Far from being prejudiced against women, we have tried hard to advance promising women staff.

• Prejudiced behavior can be directed against a racial or a national origin group.

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prejudice UK US /ˈpredʒədɪs/ noun [C or U]
an unreasonable opinion, especially about a particular group of people, that is formed without thought or knowledge: prejudice against sb/sth »

The prejudice against hiring someone 50 or older is unsound, because of the value, wisdom, and experience older people bring to the workforce.


racial/religious prejudice

with prejudice — Cf. with prejudice
without prejudice — Cf. without prejudice
prejudice UK US /ˈpredʒədɪs/ verb [T]
to unfairly influence someone or something, so that an unreasonable opinion or decision is the result: prejudice sb against sb/sth »

His comments may have prejudiced the voters against her.

to have a harmful influence on something: »

The absence of expert testimony prejudiced her defense.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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