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bias

adverb

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in a line or direction running from corner to corner
  • made of fabric cut bias

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bias

noun

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1 an attitude that always favors one way of feeling or acting especially without considering any other possibilities
  • he has a powerful bias towards sentimentality, which comes through even in his grittier stories

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bias

verb

Synonyms of bias (Entry 3 of 3)

to cause to have often negative opinions formed without sufficient knowledge
  • bad reviews biased her against the movie, even though it starred one of her favorite actors

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Noun

predilection, prepossession, prejudice, bias mean an attitude of mind that predisposes one to favor something. predilection implies a strong liking deriving from one's temperament or experience. a predilection for travel prepossession suggests a fixed conception likely to preclude objective judgment of anything counter to it. a prepossession against technology prejudice usually implies an unfavorable prepossession and connotes a feeling rooted in suspicion, fear, or intolerance. a mindless prejudice against the unfamiliar bias implies an unreasoned and unfair distortion of judgment in favor of or against a person or thing. a strong bias toward the plaintiff

Verb

incline, bias, dispose, predispose mean to influence one to have or take an attitude toward something. incline implies a tendency to favor one of two or more actions or conclusions. I incline to agree bias suggests a settled and predictable leaning in one direction and connotes unfair prejudice. the experience biased him against foreigners dispose suggests an affecting of one's mood or temper so as to incline one toward something. her nature disposes her to trust others predispose implies the operation of a disposing influence well in advance of the opportunity to manifest itself. does fictional violence predispose them to accept real violence?

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“Bias.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bias. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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