bi·​ased | \ ˈbī-əst How to pronounce biased (audio) \

Definition of biased

1 : exhibiting or characterized by bias
2 : tending to yield one outcome more frequently than others in a statistical experiment a biased coin
3 : having an expected value different from the quantity or parameter estimated a biased estimate

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Bias vs. Biased

In recent years, we have seen more evidence of the adjectival bias in constructions like “a bias news program” instead of the more usual “a biased news program.” The reason is likely because of aural confusion: the -ed of biased may be filtered out by hearers, which means that bias and biased can sound similar in the context of normal speech. They are not interchangeable, however. The adjective that means “exhibited or characterized by an unreasoned judgment” is biased (“a biased news story”). There is an adjective bias, but it means “diagonal” and is used only of fabrics (“a bias cut across the fabric”).

Examples of biased in a Sentence

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 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 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 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 She is too biased to write about the case objectively. He is biased against women. The judges of the talent show were biased toward musical acts.
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Recent Examples on the Web The department would investigate when an institution has a pattern of biased behavior that could be identified and remedied. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "'I am not the president's lawyer': Takeaways from Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing," 22 Feb. 2021 But optimism, psychologically biased or not, feels like a worthy antidote to a year marked by tragedy and sadness and stress. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Caused a Widespread Existential Crisis," 29 Dec. 2020 At the same time, China has been historically biased toward its prized state firms and offered them far more access to financing than their private counterparts. Laura He, CNN, "Chinese state-owned companies are in trouble. That could hurt the global recovery," 9 Dec. 2020 Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge David Bernhard wrote in an opinion issued late Monday that the portraits of past judges from the Fairfax County Circuit Court could create the impression that the court is biased. Washington Post, "Fairfax judge rules Black defendant can’t get a fair trial in courtroom largely featuring portraits of White judges," 22 Dec. 2020 And many of my mainstream-media colleagues can accept the majority of accountability for this tragic development through biased, nonfactual and incomplete reporting that has pretty much degenerated into talking heads venting their specific agendas. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: Credibility vital," 27 Dec. 2020 The Star's apology and its lengthy series of stories, posted on its website Sunday, followed a Los Angeles Times editorial in September apologizing for past racially biased coverage. Star Tribune, "Kansas City Star Apologizes for Racism in Decades of Reporting," 21 Dec. 2020 But critics say the board too often sides with or goes easy on officers, undermining the only process for rooting out cops who violate administrative policies around excessive force, biased policing and other noncriminal offenses. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "Battle brews as LAPD inspector general mulls broad review of officer discipline process," 11 Dec. 2020 That plan, announced in January, proposed annexing settlements amounting to nearly a third of West Bank territory in exchange for a limited Palestinian state, an offer Abbas dismissed as biased in Israel’s favor. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Palestinians and Israel agree to resume security, financial cooperation," 17 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'biased.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of biased

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for biased

see bias entry 1

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28 Feb 2021

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“Biased.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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

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