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Definition a personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration

or:

any tendency to move in a particular direction — such as a car that tends to want to swerve toward the right

Specialized meanings of bias include:
  • statistics:  any of several errors that distort results
  • textiles:  a line or fold that is diagonal relative to the sides or grain of the fabric
  • electronics:  a steady-state current that is forced through an electronic device
  • Everyone knows she is too biased to act as an impartial judge.
biased = has a prejudice that prevents objective consideration
  • My car is pulling to the left—I think because of bias in my new tires.
  • bias = a tendency to go in a direction
  • She has a bias against young people.
  • bias = a personal preference that prevents objective consideration
  • You are biasing my choice by telling me yours.
  • biasing = a personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration

    or:

    any tendency to move in a particular direction — such as a car that tends to want to swerve toward the right
  • 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
  • biased = having a personal preference that prevents objectivity
  • I was afraid of her not estimating your worth to her brother quite as it deserved, and of her regretting that he had not rather fixed on some woman of distinction or fortune. I was afraid of the bias of those worldly maxims, which she has been too much used to hear.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • bias = tendency to think in a particular way
  • ...under conditions of perfect objectivity, and in that unbiased moment, he had said...
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • unbiased = unprejudiced
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unbiased means not and reverses the meaning of biased. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • 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
  • biased = showing favoritism (under the influence of a personal preference that prevents being objective)
  • 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
  • biased = pushed in a particular direction
  • 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
  • bias = a tendency to move in a particular direction
  • 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
  • bias = a personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration
  • 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
  • biases = prejudices against; or tendencies to mistrust
  • 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
  • bias = a personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration
  • Which you suppose has biassed me?
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • biassed = made unobjective (caused an opinion to go in one direction rather than permitting fair consideration)
  • On the contrary, the knowing that there was such a provision for me probably did bias me.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • bias = influence to think in a particular way
  • 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
  • biased = tried to convince rather than just reporting facts
  • He had suspected his agent of some underhand dealing; of meaning to bias him against the deserving; and he had determined to go himself, and thoroughly investigate the merits of the case.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • bias = influence to think in a particular way
  • The same pattern continued through the end of summer and well into autumn. ... 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
  • bias = tendency to move in a particular direction
  • I see no reason why a man should make a worse clergyman for knowing that he will have a competence early in life. ... I hope I should not have been influenced myself in a wrong way, and I am sure my father was too conscientious to have allowed it. I have no doubt that I was biased, but I think it was blamelessly.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • biased = influenced to think in a particular way
  • The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover.
    Al Franken

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