biased

adjective
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

In response, Google said that its search is not used to set a political agenda and the results are not biased toward any political ideology. James Rogers, Fox News, "Google refutes Trump's accusation that it snubbed State of the Union," 30 Aug. 2018 It is born from media that only relays partial and biased information about Islam. Ahmad Ibsais, Teen Vogue, "New Zealand's Mass Shooting is an Expression of the Violence Muslims Face Around the World," 15 Mar. 2019 The Senate Homeland Security Committee, under Ron Johnson, helped unearth the biased Peter Strzok-Lisa Page texts. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Mark Warner’s Enablers," 24 Jan. 2019 In 2011, a DOJ investigation found that Seattle police had engaged in a pattern of routinely using excessive force, and displayed troubling practices of biased policing. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Defending police reforms, Seattle tells federal judge that reinstatement of officer who punched woman is an ‘outlier’," 19 Dec. 2018 In sport, the power delivery is the most rear-biased, but even in the most slippery conditions the Stinger will only send up to 50 percent of available torque to the front wheels. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Kia Stinger review: Four cylinders good, six cylinders better," 3 Oct. 2018 Just the same way that telling them that CNN is biased. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Republican fury about ‘bias’ on the internet is just a distraction, ThinkProgress founder Judd Legum says," 30 Aug. 2018 Election monitors criticized Turkey for denying entry to two monitors who Turkey accused of being politically biased. Suzan Fraser, chicagotribune.com, "Erdogan seeks to cement power in Turkey's high-stakes votes," 24 June 2018 As Ford sees it, the remedy for south and west-siders' disparate experience of local news is less biased news reporting and more black journalists and black-run media organizations. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Media / News Majority of south- and west-siders feel Chicago media ‘too negative’ about their neighborhoods," 22 Jan. 2018

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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

adjective

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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