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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Prejudicial(l, adj. Also: prejudiciale, prejwdycyale, prejudicall, prejudusiall, prejuditial(l. [Late ME prejudiciell (1433), e.m.E. prejudicial(l, prejudyciall (1494), AF prejudiciel (1304), f. Prejudice n.: cf. F. préjudicial, -el (1321 in Hatz.-Darm.) preceding judgement, and late L. præjūdiciālis belonging or according to a preceding judgement.]

1. That occasions or may occasion detriment or loss, that affects or is apt to affect unfavourably, that prejudices or compromises; detrimental, damaging, unfavourable.Only predic. Const. to a. a right, interest, plea etc., b. a person or a body in his etc. rights or interests.a. c1420 Wynt. viii 61.
Na thare consent, off ony wys Prejwdycyale suld [noucht] be Till off Scotland the realte
1496–7 Acta Conc. II 47.
That this accione was prejudiciale to the mater of errore contenewit betuex thame of before
Ib. 63.
Al … citacions and processes … to be … considerit be the lordis of consale gif thai be prejudiciale to the realme
1546 Reg. Privy C. I 26.
[They have] takin … the castel of Sanctandrois … quilk is prejudiciale to hir graces autoritie
1547–8 Corr. M. Lorraine 211.]
[Whiche yf we thoucht prejudusiall to the kyngis majestis effaris, we wold in na wyse desyre
1549 Facs. Nat. MSS. III xxiv.
1558 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. XXV 112.
Vsand na vther cuir nor office quhilkis may be preiuditiall … [to] the instruking or dew waiking of the said schole
1565 Q. Mary in Misc. Maitl. C. III 180.
That he … suld enterpryse a thing sa prejudiciall to the peax
1558-66 Knox II 156. 1578–9 Reg. Privy C. III 82.
That in sum heidis it tuicheis me onlie in particular, verray prejudiciale to the liberteis [etc.] … grantit be your majesteis … progenitouris to … my foirbearis heirtabillie
1587 Ib. IV 166.
Sindrie mataris prejudiciall to the trew religioun
1632 Aberd. Council Lett. I 343. 1661 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 200.
At such … hours … as sall not be prejudiciall to ther instructioun and attendance in the gramar scooll
b. 1496 Acta Conc. II 23.
That he micht … wedset or mak lang takkis … quhilk micht be prejudicial to him in his heretage
1559 Inverness Rec. I 37.
And thairfor protestit quhat wer done his contrar … suld nocht be prejudicial to hymself or his libertte
1565 Reg. Privy C. I 340.
Quhilk taill and brute … is to hir hienes self verie prejudiciall
1567 St. A. Kirk S. 363.
Providing that this ordinance be nocht prejuditial to the membris of our congregation
1569 Inverness Rec. I 175.
That the non entring thairin be nocht prejudiciall to him
1591 Bk. Univ. Kirk II 784. 1595 Glasgow B. Rec. I 164.
[They] fand the bigging thairof to be greitimlie hurtfull and preiudiciall to the towne and libertie thairoff
1624 Kinghorn Kirk S. 27. 1649 Acts VI ii 518/1.
That the said committie devyd thair locallitie in tymecoming that the troops be not prejudiciall to the regiments nor they to the troups
1661 Aberd. Council Lett. IV 157.
To punishing of … unfrie traders prejudiciall to companies
1677 Inverness Rec. II 274.
Contrair to the acts of parliament and prejudicall to the leidges
1680 Fountainhall Decis. I 73.
It seems hard that … the king's not having lawful children should be calamitous, misfortunate, and prejudicial to his subjects

2. Prejudiced, having taken an unfavourable judgement in advance (against (to) something etc.). 1554 Knox III 209.
I am not prejudiciall to Godis mercies

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