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Definition of prejudice noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[uncountable, countable]
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  • an unreasonable dislike of or preference for a person, group, custom, etc., especially when it is based on their race, religion, sex, etc. a victim of racial prejudice Their decision was based on ignorance and prejudice. prejudice against somebody/something There is much less prejudice today against women in the medical profession. prejudice in favor of somebody/something I must admit to a prejudice in favor of Ivy League universities.
  • Idioms
    without prejudice (to something) (law)
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    without affecting any other legal matter They agreed to pay compensation without prejudice (= without admitting guilt ).
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: prejudice

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