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bias

noun

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(Entry 1 of 3)

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

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of bias (Entry 2 of 3)

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

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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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How does the noun bias contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of bias are predilection, prejudice, and prepossession. While all these words mean "an attitude of mind that predisposes one to favor something," bias implies an unreasoned and unfair distortion of judgment in favor of or against a person or thing.

a strong bias toward the plaintiff

Where would predilection be a reasonable alternative to bias?

While in some cases nearly identical to bias, predilection implies a strong liking deriving from one's temperament or experience.

a predilection for travel

When can prejudice be used instead of bias?

The synonyms prejudice and bias are sometimes interchangeable, but prejudice usually implies an unfavorable prepossession and connotes a feeling rooted in suspicion, fear, or intolerance.

a mindless prejudice against the unfamiliar

When is it sensible to use prepossession instead of bias?

While the synonyms prepossession and bias are close in meaning, prepossession suggests a fixed conception likely to preclude objective judgment of anything counter to it.

a prepossession against technology

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The first known use of bias was in 1530

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“Bias.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bias. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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