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prejudice

prej·u·dice / ˈprejədəs/ • n. 1. preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience: English prejudice against foreigners | anti-Jewish prejudices. ∎  dislike, hostility, or unjust behavior formed on such a basis: accusations of racial prejudice. 2. chiefly Law harm or injury that results or may result from some action or judgment: prejudice resulting from delay in the institution of the proceedings. • v. [tr.] 1. give rise to prejudice in (someone); make biased: the statement might prejudice the jury. 2. chiefly Law cause harm to (a state of affairs): delay is likely to prejudice the child's welfare. PHRASES: without prejudice Law without detriment to any existing right or claim: the payment was made without any prejudice to her rights.

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