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

  • adj. Detrimental; injurious.
  • adj. Causing or tending to preconceived judgment or convictions: Jurors were told not to read the newspapers to avoid being exposed to prejudicial publicity for the defendant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. exhibiting prejudice or bias
  • adj. causing harm or injury; detrimental, harmful or injurious

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Biased, possessed, or blinded by prejudices.
  • adj. Tending to obstruct or impair; hurtful; injurious; disadvantageous; detrimental.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to prejudice or prejudgment; prejudiced; biased.
  • Causing prejudice or injury; hurtful; detrimental; disadvantageous.
  • Synonyms Deleterious, damaging.
  • To prejudice; injure; harm.

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

  • adj. (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury
  • adj. tending to favor preconceived ideas


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  • The accused man sat in the dock with his back to us, while his defense lawyer complained about what he called prejudicial behavior by the prosecution.


  • All such placeisms are rooted in prejudicial customs and flower into full distastefulness and unfairness when people hide behind the unspoken prejudice of tradition, religion, or custom and remain either unwilling or unable to judge people as individuals.

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  • The Court noted that double jeopardy is generally not implicated when a defendant obtains a verdict or chooses to prevent one by successfully seeking a mistrial, but that there is an exception to that rule that applies when a prosecutor has engaged in prejudicial misconduct deliberately intended to provoke a mistrial motion.

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  • You can ` t rely on what is sometimes known as prejudicial spillover or the melted cheese theory.

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  • Lord Cantrip had not said a word prejudicial to that wretch Bonteen; much less had he hinted at any future arrangements which would be comfortable to poor Phineas.

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  • It notes that in different types of legislation, the word prejudicial is interpreted differently.


  • The trial will resume on Thursday when the judge will rule on a request from Anwar's lawyers that he stand down from the case for allowing what Anwar terms prejudicial media coverage.

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  • Thus, while the Cassels case seems to indicate that a provocation argument must be allowed no matter what, no matter how vile or prejudicial, that is not, in fact the law in Colorado.

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  • Where rational and sane policies to racism would deal with individual cases and those who stray from the acceptable behaviour of tolerance in a diverse society, these kinds of initiatives are based upon an inverse kind of prejudicial belief that people are naturally racist:

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  • According to a secret COINTELPRO memo that surfaced years later from the Omaha FBI Special-Agent-in-charge to J. Edgar Hoover, Gates explained the tape would be "prejudicial" to the prosecution.

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