Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inclination for or against something or someone that affects judgment; prejudice or bias.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bias or preconceived opinion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The side taken; previous bias; firm prejudice; a mind made up as to a course of action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence

Etymologies

French : parti, decision, side + pris, taken.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French parti prisĀ ("decision taken; prejudice"). (Wiktionary)

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