prejudge

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prejudge judge beforehand, especially without sufficient evidence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Prejudge To judge before hearing, or before full and sufficient examination; to decide or sentence by anticipation; to condemn beforehand. "The committee of council hath prejudged the whole case, by calling the united sense of both houses of Parliament“ a universal clamor.”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prejudge To judge beforehand; decide in advance of thorough investigation; condemn unheard or in anticipation.
    • prejudge To anticipate in giving judgment; pass sentence before.
    • prejudge To prejudice; impair; overrule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Prejudge prē-juj′ to judge or decide upon before hearing the whole case: to condemn unheard
    • v.i Prejudge to decide without examination
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. pre, + judge,: cf. F. préjuger,. Cf. Prejudicate Prejudice

Usage

In literature:

They retorted by accusing him, among other things, of prejudging her and 'entering into God's secret counsel.
"John Knox" by A. Taylor Innes
The stranger hesitated: there was a discouraging sort of coldness in the mode of delivering this answer that seemed to prejudge his proposition.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
Throughout the day he knew that he had, to a large extent, prejudged Paul's case.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
We cannot describe the outward appearance of the object without prejudging its inner nature and its organization.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
No, believe me: I was not prejudging her!
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
She trusts that there will be nothing said in that statement to prejudge the Army Question.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861" by Queen of Great Britain Victoria
By saying this I do not wish to appear to prejudge the issue.
"Morals of Economic Internationalism" by John A. Hobson
Yet ought I to prejudge her when still ignorant of the truth, which she had promised to reveal to me?
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
It was a matter of prejudged guilt.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
All was ready; Abelard appeared before the council, realized that his case was prejudged, and appealed to Rome.
"Women of Mediæval France" by Pierce Butler
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In poetry:

"They say we have no test to warrant a protest;
Dick rides for a lord and stands in with a steward;
The light of their faces they show him — his case is
Prejudged and his verdict already secured.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Do you know a dentist (maybe yourself) who prejudges patients' ability to pay or willingness to accept care.
Experts question if McDonald improperly prejudged case.
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