noun. 1. a negative outlook toward another individual or group of people shaped prior to of any encounters with the individual or group. Prejudices are inclusive of an affective element, a mental element, and a behavioral element. They have a tendency to be resistant to alterations because they negatively alter the prejudiced person's comprehension of data relative to the group. 2. any preconceived outlook or stance, whether positive or negative.
PREJUDICE: "Prejudice against others according to the color of their skin is referred to as racism."