Definition of prejudge in US English:



[with object]
  • Form a judgment on (an issue or person) prematurely and without having adequate information.

    ‘it is wrong to prejudge an issue on the basis of speculation’
    • ‘He believes that some part of it is a sponsored propaganda against him, that media has prejudged him and that his actions won't change anything.’
    • ‘In this instance Scout may have found that to negatively prejudge someone is wrong.’
    • ‘I don't want to prejudge him, but quite honestly this is not an accidental situation.’
    • ‘In a foreword, the Party leader said it did not prejudge the inquiry but simply gave voters the ‘raw facts’.’
    • ‘And to say that we shouldn't prejudge him is just a ludicrous statement.’
    • ‘Both attorneys argue the Board and its chairman have, in media comments, effectively prejudged the issues under investigation.’
    • ‘The issue is whether or not the individual juror has prejudged the defendant to the point where they cannot objectively listen to the testimony and they cannot listen to the judge's instructions.’
    • ‘He said: ‘The regional committee's statement gives the impression that the union has prejudged the issue.’’
    • ‘The Lord Advocate was correct when he said it is the trial process which tests the evidence and decides the guilt or innocence of the accused and that it is in nobody's interest to prejudge the issue or to usurp the function of the court.’
    • ‘In an interview here he appealed to his future parishioners not to prejudge him merely because he was young.’
    • ‘In sum, they accuse the prosecution and the judges of prejudging the issues, of pursuing the trial merely out of vanity and a sense of their own honour.’
    • ‘But I am not going to dwell on or prejudge the issue.’
    • ‘Her view is that judges should not prejudge the issues that will come before them.’
    • ‘By answering the point I put to you today, you would in no way be prejudging the forthcoming report.’
    judge prematurely, anticipate
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