without prejudice


an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.
such attitudes considered collectively: The war against prejudice is never-ending.
damage or injury; detriment: a law that operated to the prejudice of the majority.
verb (used with object), prejudiced, prejudicing.
to affect with a prejudice, either favorable or unfavorable: His honesty and sincerity prejudiced us in his favor.
without prejudice, Law. without dismissing, damaging, or otherwise affecting a legal interest or demand.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin praejūdicium prejudgment, orig. preliminary or previous judicial inquiry, equivalent to prae- pre- + jūdicium legal proceedings, judging (jūdic-, stem of jūdex judge + -ium -ium)

prejudicedly, adverb
prejudiceless, adjective
nonprejudiced, adjective
quasi-prejudiced, adjective

prejudiced, prejudicial.

2. preconception, partiality, predilection, predisposition. See bias. 6. bias, influence.
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prejudice (ˈprɛdʒʊdɪs)
1.  an opinion formed beforehand, esp an unfavourable one based on inadequate facts
2.  the act or condition of holding such opinions
3.  intolerance of or dislike for people of a specific race, religion, etc
4.  disadvantage or injury resulting from prejudice
5.  to the prejudice of to the detriment of
6.  law without prejudice without dismissing or detracting from an existing right or claim
7.  to cause to be prejudiced
8.  to disadvantage or injure by prejudice
[C13: from Old French préjudice, from Latin praejūdicium a preceding judgment, disadvantage, from prae before + jūdicium trial, sentence, from jūdex a judge]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. prejudice (13c.), from M.L. prejudicium "injustice," from L. præjudicium "prior judgment," from præ- "before" + judicium "judgment," from judex (gen. judicis) "judge." The notion is of "preconceived opinion;" the verb meaning "to affect or fill with prejudice" is from
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prejudice definition

A hostile opinion about some person or class of persons. Prejudice is socially learned and is usually grounded in misconception, misunderstanding, and inflexible generalizations. In particular, African-Americans have been victims of prejudice on a variety of social, economic, and political levels. (See civil rights movement and segregation.)

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