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 On Wednesday, Creuzot said Kemp had acted unprofessionally and appeared biased against him. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Dallas County DA John Creuzot says his office will challenge gag orders after his contempt charge is dropped," 9 Jan. 2020 The statement cited as misconduct the alleged abuse of the plea-bargaining system to get false and misleading testimony from Nissan employees and reliance on Nissan’s own investigation, which the lawyers call biased. Washington Post, "Nissan ex-chairman Ghosn’s lawyers want charges dismissed," 24 Oct. 2019 McKenna, of the Pioneer Institute, said Ocasio Giuliani’s reasoning is sound, and city councilors must respect the special permit process and not appear biased during deliberations., "“The conflict between the rights of voters to know what the candidate will do and the need to maintain the integrity of the system is unavoidable with this setup in Newton,” McKenna said. “Voters lose out. [Candidates] should be able to answer the questions fully and completely.”," 22 Oct. 2019 Others involved in the case declined to discuss it with their names attached, not willing to risk alienating political allies or powerful interests, appear biased or acknowledge that political considerations play a role in such a sensitive manner. Anthony Man,, "Gov. Ron DeSantis pulls out the stops in fight to remove Scott Israel as sheriff," 21 Oct. 2019 Widespread demonstrations erupted after the slayings, which protesters called biased and labeled as an example of excessive force. Los Angeles Times, "Starting with a Mexican charro suit, this police department hopes to better connect with Latinos," 29 July 2019 Some study participants seemed more biased toward earning than others. Patience Haggin, WSJ, "Can’t Save Money? You Can Blame Your Brain," 28 Nov. 2018 But Horowitz concluded that the over-all investigation was legally justified and not politically biased. David Rohde, The New Yorker, "In Congress and at the Justice Department, a Bad Day for Fact, Fairness, and the Future," 10 Dec. 2019 The report comes as Trump faces an impeachment inquiry in Congress centered on his efforts to press Ukraine to investigate a political rival, Democrat Joe Biden — a probe the president also claims is politically biased. Eric Tucker,, "Russia probe valid despite flaws, report finds," 8 Dec. 2019

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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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“Biased.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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