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Puzzled by English - the "prejudice" word | 112 comments | Create New Account
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Puzzled by English - the "prejudice" word
Authored by: kuroshima on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 09:00 AM EST
Thanks. It's something that has bothered me since I saw the
legal English meaning of "prejudice" (first contact was here
in Groklaw). Before that, I had only had contact with the
word as an indicator of bias, discrimination, etc etc (that
is, matching it's etymological meaning). In fact the same
distinction of [pre/per]judice exists in French (and
possibly in other romance languages. In Spanish, the noun
form "perjuicio" is mostly a legal only word, but the verb
form "perjudicar" is in common use. The noun form
"Prejuicio" is also a common word, that has no verb form. At
least it's clearer.

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Puzzled by English - the "prejudice" word
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, November 16 2012 @ 10:23 AM EST
From what i've come to understand 'here', the word is mostly
used in 'legalese' in combination with something being
dismissed. 'The thing' can be dismissed either with or
without 'prejudice'.

A dismissal 'without prejudice' seems to mean that 'the
thing' is dismissed in this lawsuit, but could be attempted
again in some other lawsuit.

A dismissal 'with prejudice' indicates that 'the thing' is
considered dismissed in this case as well as in any next
case.

A bit like 'not applicable here' (without prejudice) versus
'not applicable at all' (with prejudice).

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