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What is the definition of "Unprejodicial"? Use it in a sentence please.I searched all...

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persianimmortal | Student, Grade 12 | Valedictorian

Posted January 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM via web

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What is the definition of "Unprejodicial"? Use it in a sentence please.

I searched all over the internet without any results but my teacher insists it is a real word. Please explain the meaning of this word.

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted January 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Words beginning with "jod-" are not very common in English. "Jodhpur" is the most common; these are riding breeches and boots. I suspect that either your teacher did not actually spell the word for you, only pronounced it, or that by some momentary fluke misspelled it. I suspect the word you are interested in is actually "un-pre-judicial." This is most decidedly a word.

The root of this word is "justice" from the Latin word jūdic-, which is a stem (derived word form) of the Latin word meaning "judge", jūdex.

"Prejudice" is a noun, so it is some trait that you possess or a feeling that you experience or an act that you perform.

  • Tom is a prejudiced person.
  • I feel prejudice toward illegal immigrants.
  • You made a prejudicial remark about his ethnicity.

"Prejudice" is an opinion or thought formed or action taken without first having knowledge or information or reasonable foundation for that thought, feeling or action.

Someone who is motivated by prejudice is prejudicial. Someone who has feelings that are prejudiced is prejudicial. Someone who acts or speaks out of prejudice is prejudicial.

On the other hand, if a person's opinions and thoughts are formed on knowledge and information and are well-reasoned, then this person's motivations, actions and remarks are "unprejudicial": they are free of prejudgement that lacks a reasonable, informed foundation.

  • Tom is fair-minded and unprejudicial.
  • I will research the illegal immigrant question carefully so as to respond unprejudicially.
  • Your welcoming remarks about diverse ethnicity in the workplace were well-informed, inclusive toward all and unprejudicial.

Unprejudical is having ample information and being reasonable and well informed. Prejudicial is lacking information and being unreasonable and ill-informed.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted January 13, 2013 at 8:17 PM (Answer #2)

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"Unprejudicial" typically arises in a legal context, particularly on appeal.  One party might appeal the determination of the trial court, arguing that evidence that was allowed was highly prejudicial to his or her case.  Examples might be graphic photos or expert testimony.  In those cases, the appellate court reviews the evidence itself, along with all the other evidence entered, and will say that the evidence admitted was "unprejudicial," meaning that it did not inflame the judge or jury sufficiently to change the outcome of the case, not a reversible error on the part of the trial court. 

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