A prejudice is a prejudgment, an assumption made about someone or something before having adequate knowledge to be able to do so with guaranteed accuracy. The word prejudice is most commonly used to refer to a preconceived judgment toward a people or a person because of race, social class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. It also means beliefs without knowledge of the facts and may include "any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence."
At times, the terms prejudice and stereotype might be confusing:
- Prejudices are abstract-general preconceptions or abstract-general attitudes towards any type of situations, object, or person.
- Stereotypes are generalizations of existing characteristics that reduce complexity.