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Prejudice

Prejudice is a negative (or positive) evaluation of a particular group and its members.


Prejudice negative attitude toward the members of specific social groups.


Prejudice is an attitude, opinion or belief with a strong emotional underpinning that makes it largely impervious to reason or evidence to the contrary. The term is usually (though not always) used in a negative sense.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Prejudice
- Foresight.
- 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.
- A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment.
- Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment.
- 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.
- 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.
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