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[prej-uh-dish-uh l] /ˌprɛdʒ əˈdɪʃ əl/
causing prejudice or disadvantage; detrimental.
Origin of prejudicial
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin praejūdiciālis; see prejudice, -al1
Related forms
prejudicially, adverb
prejudicialness, noun
nonprejudicial, adjective
nonprejudicially, adverb
unprejudicial, adjective
unprejudicially, adverb
Can be confused
prejudiced, prejudicial. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prejudicial
  • Shell is probably more capable and, sorry to say, less prejudicial than our own government in taking such a survey.
  • So you simply wish to apply prejudicial labels to those that do not agree with your conclusions.
  • Not introduce your own prejudicial interpretation of the law.
  • If the cultivation of the sciences is prejudicial to military qualities, it is still more so to moral qualities.
  • Accidental facts can become the stuff of prejudicial decision making.
  • It would be particularly ill-advised to reveal the content of prejudicial statements that were excluded by the circuit court.
British Dictionary definitions for prejudicial


causing prejudice; detrimental or damaging
Derived Forms
prejudicially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prejudicial

early 15c., "causing prejudice;" 1530s, "full of prejudice," from prejudice (n.) + -al (1), or else from Middle French prejudicial and directly from Medieval Latin prejudicialis "injurious," from Latin praeiudicium.

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