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She has a bias against young people.
  a personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration

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any tendency to move in a particular direction — such as a car that tends to want to swerve toward the right
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  • She has a bias against young people.
  • Everyone knows she is too biased to act as an impartial judge.
  • you are biasing my choice by telling me yours
  • Just so you know, my goal is for every student in this school to succeed. Every student, Alex. Including you, so whatever biases you have about me you can throw them out the window.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry

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  • And maybe I’m biased, but when my sister quoted a pop song and talked about the future, it seemed great.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The idea of overtaking Slytherin in the house championship was wonderful, no one had done it for seven years, but would they be allowed to, with such a biased referee?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • ...under conditions of perfect objectivity, and in that unbiased moment, he had said...
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Let me give you another example of how color bias can be changed—and this one is racial in nature.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • A balloon would start up jerkily, on a great bias, and be torn by the wind or blown against the houses of the square.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • Instinctively, I think, most of us would probably assume that the causation runs in the opposite direction, that Reagan supporters are drawn to ABC because of Jennings’s bias, not the other way around.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point

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  • But one cannot be too much on his guard in such a case, lest his actions be biased by obstinacy or an undue regard for the opinions of men.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • With the Internet, Facebook, YouTube, there’s no such thing as an unbiased jury anymore.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Of course, Kile was the hometown pick, so maybe the crowd was biased.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Presumptions of guilt, poverty, racial bias, and a host of other social, structural, and political dynamics have created a system that is defined by error, a system in which thousands of innocent people now suffer in prison.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The second outfit was a very severe black dress, cut on the bias and stitched with white collar and cuffs, which I had made myself.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Mrs. Osner flipped through the nightgowns and held up a silky white one, cut on the bias.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Federal investigators determined that Arpaio’s organization had "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos" that "reaches the highest levels of the agency."
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • This sample of soldiers is, of course, biased toward the groups most likely to write letters or diaries and to save them for posterity to read.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Nazism was a disease to which the Dutch, too, were susceptible, and those with an anti-Semitic bias fell sick of it first.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Their bias is toward dead, foreign men.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Forgive me if I think your opinion is biased.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I forgot about how your biases cloud your judgment.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Local aid is always either worthless or else biassed.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Newspapers and history books were, of course, always coloured and biased, but falsification of the kind that is practised today would have been impossible.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But these exact same biases also show up in areas of much more consequence, like education.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • It’s also worthy of mention that every pattern has at least one small bias, and one day it will tip itself over, or fall from one page to another.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • He realised that M. Bouc was biased in the matter.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • "I’ve got unbiased third-party medical authorities, Randy," she said.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • He’s more biased than anyone else!
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Graetz was biased, and his sources were not accurate.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Southern white illiterates brought their biases intact to the West from the hills of Arkansas and the swamps of Georgia.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • "I will not bias your mind by suggesting theories or suspicions, Watson," said he; "I wish you simply to report facts in the fullest possible manner to me, and you can leave me to do the theorizing."
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "Jordan, if you can’t commentate in an unbiased way —"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Ben was just about the easiest kid to get along with, and she wasn’t saying that because she was biased.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • You are very biased, you know.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • For, indeed, who is there alive that will not be swayed by his bias and partiality to the place of his birth?
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • ’We’re all biased.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Well, forward, forward! thus the bowl should run, And not unluckily against the bias.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Both were men of courage and honor; and as M. de la Tremouille—a Protestant, and seeing the king seldom—was of no party, he did not, in general, carry any bias into his social relations.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The fire was red, it flaming spread; The trees like torches biased with light, The bells were ringing in the dale And men looked up with faces pale; The dragon’s ire more fierce than fire Laid low their towers and houses frail.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • They were fine as a hair and perfectly straight, approximately a blue million of them, running from the middle of his nose to the sides of his face, like the ridges on a black corduroy skirt sewn on the bias, with the seam running right down the middle.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I glanced up and down his mammoth frame, trying to be unbiased.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The owner, Nakamura-san learned, was a compassionate man, who did not share the bias of many employers against hibakusha; he had several on his staff of twenty women wrappers.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Your sister substantiates this failing for as her letter progresses her judgment gives way to temper — her thoughts are good, lucid the products of intelligence, but it is not now an unbiased, impersonal intelligence.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • But thanks to our skillful coxswain, we were fouled on the bias rather than broadside, so we didn’t capsize.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Mr. Langdon, it is true that Vatican rule dictates the camerlegno assume chief executive office during conclave, but it is only because his lack of eligibility for the papacy ensures an unbiased election.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He challenged the racial bias of these actions and the abuse of his civil rights.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • [To OLIVIA] So comes it, lady, you have been mistook: But nature to her bias drew in that.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Pure fluke of mine: the bias.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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