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1bias

noun bi·as \ˈbī-əs\

: a tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc., are better than others that usually results in treating some people unfairly

: a strong interest in something or ability to do something

Full Definition of BIAS

1
:  a line diagonal to the grain of a fabric; especially :  a line at a 45 degree angle to the selvage often utilized in the cutting of garments for smoother fit
2
a :  a peculiarity in the shape of a bowl that causes it to swerve when rolled on the green in lawn bowling
b :  the tendency of a bowl to swerve; also :  the impulse causing this tendency
c :  the swerve of the bowl
3
a :  bent, tendency
b :  an inclination of temperament or outlook; especially :  a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment :  prejudice
c :  an instance of such prejudice
d (1) :  deviation of the expected value of a statistical estimate from the quantity it estimates
(2) :  systematic error introduced into sampling or testing by selecting or encouraging one outcome or answer over others
4
a :  a voltage applied to a device (as a transistor control electrode) to establish a reference level for operation
b :  a high-frequency voltage combined with an audio signal to reduce distortion in tape recording
on the bias

Examples of BIAS

  1. He showed a bias toward a few workers in particular.
  2. Do they have a bias against women?
  3. The company was accused of racial bias.
  4. The decision was made without bias.
  5. She showed no bias toward older clients.
  6. a student with a strong bias towards the arts
  7. … members of the opinion media will cherry-pick moments from the debate that support their own ideological biases. —Michelle Cottle, New Republic, 16 Oct. 2000

Origin of BIAS

Middle French biais
First Known Use: 1530

Synonym Discussion of BIAS

predilection, prepossession, prejudice, bias mean an attitude of mind that predisposes one to favor something. predilection implies a strong liking deriving from one's temperament or experience <a predilection for travel>. prepossession suggests a fixed conception likely to preclude objective judgment of anything counter to it <a prepossession against technology>. prejudice usually implies an unfavorable prepossession and connotes a feeling rooted in suspicion, fear, or intolerance <a mindless prejudice against the unfamiliar>. bias implies an unreasoned and unfair distortion of judgment in favor of or against a person or thing <a strong bias toward the plaintiff>.

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with BIAS

2bias

adjective bi·as \ˈbī-əs\

Definition of BIAS

:  diagonal, slanting —used chiefly of fabrics and their cut
bi·as·ness noun

Origin of BIAS

(see 1bias)
First Known Use: 1551

Other Textiles Terms

batt, brocade, duck, flock, lawn, toile

3bias

adverb bi·as \ˈbī-əs\

Definition of BIAS

1
:  diagonally <cut cloth bias>
2
obsolete :  awry

Examples of BIAS

  1. <made of fabric cut bias>

Origin of BIAS

(see 1bias)
First Known Use: 1575

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

4bias

verb bi·as \ˈbī-əs\

: to have a strong and often unfair influence on (someone or something)

bi·ased or bi·assedbi·as·ing or bi·as·sing

Full Definition of BIAS

transitive verb
1
:  to give a settled and often prejudiced outlook to <his background biases him against foreigners>
2
:  to apply a slight negative or positive voltage to (as a transistor)

Examples of BIAS

  1. I don't want to bias you against the movie, but I thought the book was much better.
  2. The circumstances could bias the results of the survey.
  3. Unfortunately, his convictions are not clearly and logically developed; they mostly lurk in the background biasing his reporting. He does not always give the reader a fair chance to follow the arguments of the actors—even those with whom he ardently agrees. —Leonard Silk, New York Times Book Review24 Feb. 1980

Origin of BIAS

(see 1bias)
First Known Use: circa 1628

Synonym Discussion of BIAS

incline, bias, dispose, predispose mean to influence one to have or take an attitude toward something. incline implies a tendency to favor one of two or more actions or conclusions <I incline to agree>. bias suggests a settled and predictable leaning in one direction and connotes unfair prejudice <the experience biased him against foreigners>. dispose suggests an affecting of one's mood or temper so as to incline one toward something <her nature disposes her to trust others>. predispose implies the operation of a disposing influence well in advance of the opportunity to manifest itself <does fictional violence predispose them to accept real violence?>.

Bias

geographical name

Definition of BIAS

— see beas
ON THE BIAS Defined for Kids

1bias

noun bi·as \ˈbī-əs\

Definition of BIAS for Kids

1
:  a seam, cut, or stitching running in a slant across cloth
2
:  a favoring of some ideas or people over others :  prejudice <She has a bias against newcomers.>

2bias

verb
bi·ased or bi·assedbi·as·ing or bi·as·sing

Definition of BIAS for Kids

:  to give a prejudiced outlook to <Existing ideas may bias his observation of events.>

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