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used in Middlemarch

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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
  • It was not wonderful that, in spite of her small instruction, her judgment in this matter was truer than his: for she looked with unbiassed comparison and healthy sense at probabilities on which he had risked all his egoism.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (47% in)
  • A liberal education had of course left him free to read the indecent passages in the school classics, but beyond a general sense of secrecy and obscenity in connection with his internal structure, had left his imagination quite unbiassed, so that for anything he knew his brains lay in small bags at his temples, and he had no more thought of representing to himself how his blood circulated than how paper served instead of gold.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (21% in)

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  • Lydgate's private opinion was that Mr. Chichely might be the very coroner without bias as to the coats of the stomach, but he had not meant to be personal.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (34% in)
  • Celia had those light young feminine tastes which grave and weatherworn gentlemen sometimes prefer in a wife; but happily Mr. Casaubon's bias had been different, for he would have had no chance with Celia.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (58% in)
  • "I am aware," he said, "that the peculiar bias of medical ability is towards material means.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (3% in)
  • He was really uncertain whether Tyke were not the more suitable candidate, and yet his consciousness told him that if he had been quite free from indirect bias he should have voted for Mr. Farebrother.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (63% in)
  • In such an hour the mind does not change its lifelong bias, but carries it onward in imagination to the other side of death, gazing backward—perhaps with the divine calm of beneficence, perhaps with the petty anxieties of self-assertion.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (97% in)
  • What was Mr. Casaubon's bias his acts will give us a clew to.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (97% in)
  • On the political question, I referred simply to intellectual bias.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (36% in)
  • Whereupon, not being able to contradict these unpleasant facts, he contradicted his own strongest bias and said, "I am a fool."
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (39% in)
  • ...not long after that interview between Mr. Farebrother and Mary Garth, in which she confessed to him her feeling for Fred Vincy, it happened that her father had some business which took him to Yoddrell's farm in the direction of Frick: it was to measure and value an outlying piece of land belonging to Lowick Manor, which Caleb expected to dispose of advantageously for Dorothea (it must be confessed that his bias was towards getting the best possible terms from railroad companies).
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (20% in)
  • The bias of human nature to be slow in correspondence triumphs even over the present quickening in the general pace of things: what wonder then that in 1832 old Sir Godwin Lydgate was slow to write a letter which was of consequence to others rather than to himself?
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (26% in)
  • It contained that concentrated experience which in great crises of emotion reveals the bias of a nature, and is prophetic of the ultimate act which will end an intermediate struggle.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (17% in)

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