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 Still, Twitter’s new scheme is far more biased than most. Albert Fox Cahn, Wired, 13 July 2021 This is per the equity's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.11, which sits higher than 78% of readings from the past year, indicating short-term options traders have rarely been more put-biased. Schaeffer's Investment Research, Forbes, 7 July 2021 But those analyses weren't reviewed by external experts and are disturbingly biased. Max Nisen, Star Tribune, 27 June 2021 Jazz coach Quin Snyder, of course, is a bit biased on the subject. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2021 Studies have shown teachers are as biased against Black people as American society is broadly, and that school staff are likely to misread the expressions of Black children, seeing anger where there is none. Levi Pulkkinen, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2021 Generic, one-size-fits-all one-to-ones that focus solely on status updates (and likely could’ve been handled with an email) can be impersonal, biased, emotionally charged and largely ineffective. David Sturt, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The current official use of the lottery seems biased toward the elective — toward the nice — by historical standards. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2021 Young people especially are being whipped up into a frenzy by an irresponsible media at their biased reporting. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 20 Apr. 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Biased.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 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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