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[pree-juhj] /priˈdʒʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), prejudged, prejudging.
to judge beforehand.
to pass judgment on prematurely or without sufficient reflection or investigation.
Origin of prejudge
1555-65; < French préjuger < Latin praejūdicāre. See pre-, judge
Related forms
prejudger, noun
prejudgment; especially British, prejudgement, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prejudge
  • We do not prejudge who will come to power in a fair and free election.
  • People can sincerely disagree, and you should not prejudge my motives.
  • It would be a mistake, at this delicate juncture, to prejudge whether he possesses them.
  • Make sure you do not prejudge before getting the entire message, and give your thanks for any help you have received.
  • Unilateral action taken by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations on permanent status issues.
  • Don't prejudge a program, a school or the system, but judge it based on your experience with it.
  • Nothing said herein is intended to prejudge our decision on any of these matters.
British Dictionary definitions for prejudge


(transitive) to judge beforehand, esp without sufficient evidence
Derived Forms
prejudger, noun
prejudgment, prejudgement, noun
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Word Origin and History for prejudge

1560s, from French préjuger (16c.), equivalent to Latin praejudicare "to judge beforehand;" see pre- + judge (v.). Related: Prejudged; prejudging; prejudgment.

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