(noun) A favorable or unfavorable preconceived feeling or opinion formed without knowledge, reason, or thought that prevents objective consideration of person, group, or thing.

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  • Plural: prejudices
  • Prejudice can be positive or negative but the term typically connotes negative feelings or opinions about an individual or group.
  • Prejudice when contrasted to discrimination can be viewed as a theory of inequality (a cause) and discrimination as the practice (an effect) but a prejudiced person does not necessarily discriminate.
  • The term prejudice is typically used in the discussion of racial issues but is applicable to other issues such as gender issues, political issues, and religious issues.
  • affirmative action, hate crime,
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Marger, Martin. 1985. Race and Ethnic Relations: American and Global Perspectives. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.