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adjective bi·ased \ˈbī-əst\

Simple Definition of biased

  • : having or showing a bias : having or showing an unfair tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc., are better than others

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of biased

  1. 1 :  exhibiting or characterized by bias (see 1bias); especially :  prejudiced

  2. 2 :  tending to yield one outcome more frequently than others in a statistical experiment <a biased coin>

  3. 3 :  having an expected value different from the quantity or parameter estimated <a biased estimate>

Examples of biased in a sentence

  1. It's also politically biased, full of slighting references to the Whigs, whom Johnson detested, and imperiously chauvinistic, wherever possible dismissing or making light of words imported from French. —Charles McGrath, New York Times Book Review, 4 Dec. 2005

  2. I am willing to believe that history is for the most part inaccurate and biased, but what is peculiar to our age is the abandonment of the idea that history could be truthfully written. In the past people deliberately lied, or they unconsciously colored what they wrote, or they struggled after the truth, well knowing that they must make many mistakes; but in each case they believed that ‘the facts’ existed and were more or less discoverable. —Leon Wieseltier, New Republic, 17 Feb. 2003

  3. The information experts say that it's dangerous to conclude very much from talking to people because you will never interact with a scientifically selected random sample. Thus, the information you derive from meeting people is biased or anecdotal. —Will Manley, Booklist, 1 Mar. 2002

  4. But even if you think I may be biased about the book's conclusions, please trust me about its awful prose. —James Martin, Commonweal, 3 May 2002

  5. She is too biased to write about the case objectively.

  6. He is biased against women.

  7. The judges of the talent show were biased toward musical acts.

Origin and Etymology of biased

(see 1bias)

First Known Use: 1649

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