Legal Definition and Related Resources of Prejudice

Meaning of Prejudice

Bias; preconceived opinion ; favoring of one cause as opposed to another, without justification . In practise , prejudice indicates some deprivation of legal right or interest or an unfavorable change of position of a party without just cause . As a verb, the term means to damage by an action or judgment . U.S. v Lastman, (C.A.2) 258 F.2d 475, cert. den. 358 U.S. 880. The term without prejudice means that the rights or privileges of the parties are to be construed as subsisting and not waived. An offer made without prejudice does not amount to an admission of liability on the part of the offeror. Such an offer cannot be tendered in evidence without the consent of the parties. See Without prejudice.

Synonyms of Prejudice

(Injluence), verb

  • affect
  • bear upon
  • bend to one’s will
  • bias
  • bring pressure to bear
  • carry weight
  • color
  • convince
  • distort
  • exercise influence over
  • exercise influence upon
  • exert influence
  • gain over
  • give an inclination
  • have influence over
  • have influence upon
  • influence against
  • jaundice
  • persuade
  • predetermine
  • predispose
  • prejudge
  • prepossess unfavorably
  • present with bias
  • prevail over
  • slant
  • sway
  • turn
  • twist
  • warp
  • win over Associated Concepts: prejudice the trier of fact

(Injure), verb

  • affect detrimentally
  • cause damage to
  • cause detriment
  • cause pain
  • damage
  • demolish
  • destroy
  • devastate
  • disadvantage
  • disservice
  • exacerbate
  • harm
  • hurt
  • impair
  • inflict injury
  • maim
  • mar
  • play havoc with
  • ravage
  • ruin
  • spoil
  • taint
  • weaken
  • wound
  • wreck
  • wrong Associated Concepts: prejudicial error

(Injury), noun

  • damage
  • detriment
  • detrimentum
  • disadvantage
  • harm
  • hurt
  • impairment
  • injustice
  • irreversible damage
  • loss
  • unfairness
  • wrong
  • Associated Concepts: absence of prejudice
  • dismissal with prejudice
  • dismissal without prejudice
  • prejudice to a party’s rights
  • prejudicial error

(Preconception), noun

  • bent
  • bias
  • discrimination
  • favoritism
  • forejudgment
  • inclination
  • intolerance
  • leaning
  • narrowmindedness
  • onesidedness
  • opinio praeiudicata
  • partiality
  • partisanship
  • personal bias
  • preconceived idea
  • preconceived notion
  • preconception
  • predetermination
  • predilection
  • predisposition
  • preference
  • prejudgment
  • prepossession
  • provincialism
  • slant
  • subjectivity
  • unreasonable bias
  • Associated Concepts: disqualification for bias

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Prejudice in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of prejudice.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Prejudice

(You may find prejudice at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

c. 1300, “despite, contempt,” from Old French prejudice “prejudice, damage” (13c.), from Medieval Latin prejudicium “injustice,” from Latin praeiudicium “prior judgment,” from prae- “before” (see pre-) + iudicium “judgment,” from iudex (genitive iudicis) “a judge” (see judge (verb)). Meaning “injury, physical harm” is mid-14c., as is legal sense “detriment or damage caused by the violation of a legal right.” Meaning “preconceived opinion” (especially but not necessarily unfavorable) is from late 14c. in English.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Definition of Prejudice

The Canada social science dictionary [1] provides the following meaning of Prejudice: To make a judgment about an individual or group of individuals on the basis of their social, physical or cultural characteristics. Such judgments are usually negative, but prejudice can also be exercised to give undue favour and advantage to members of particular groups. Prejudice
is often seen as the attitudinal component of discrimination.

Prejudice: Resources

Notes and References

  • Drislane, R., & Parkinson, G. (2016). (Concept of) Prejudice. Online dictionary of the social sciences. Open University of Canada

Definition of Prejudice

In relation to social issues, a meaning of prejudice is provided here: holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions especially pertaining to irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion



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