biased

adjective
bi·​ased | \ˈbī-əst \

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

Enoch has long worked for criminal justice reform, seeking to make the system less biased and more efficient. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Barclays is big in the U.S., Deutsche is biased toward lackluster Europe. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Barclays Cruises While Deutsche Bank Spins," 24 Oct. 2018 This is a rare case where a potential forensic tool is probably biased toward identifying wealthy white individuals. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Chances DNA can be used to find your family? Sixty percent and rising," 11 Oct. 2018 In March, the Supreme Court opened the way for greater post-trial scrutiny of jury verdicts in criminal cases, ruling that judges can consider evidence that a juror made racially biased comments during deliberations. Bloomberg.com, "Supreme Court Orders New Look at Death Sentence After Racial Slur," 8 Jan. 2018 But Hardy, who decided to make her claims public to Variety in large part due to Seacrest’s column, insists that the investigation was always biased and didn’t take all the evidence into account. Caroline Framke, Vox, "Ryan Seacrest’s accuser speaks out, again: “I’m not going away”," 29 Mar. 2018 There will be videos showing the players educating themselves and others, giving real-life context to complicated and uncomfortable issues like biased policing. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Let's Listen Together: NFL campaign highlights players work for social justice, racial equality," 23 Jan. 2018 Racial profiling, disproportionate arrest and incarceration rates, and biased apprehension tactics such as stop-and-frisk work to make black immigrants especially vulnerable to draconian immigration enforcement tactics. Shamira Ibrahim, Daily Intelligencer, "Patricia Okoumou and the Threat to Black Immigrants," 13 July 2018 Republicans including President Donald Trump have seized upon Strzok's texts - which included allusions to stopping Trump - as evidence of a biased and even corrupt law enforcement investigation. Aaron Blake, chicagotribune.com, "7 key moments from FBI agent's Peter Strzok's wild House hearing," 12 July 2018

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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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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