Adjective "bias" definition and examples

(Bias may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈbʌɪəs/

Definitions and examples

noun

Inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair.
  1. 'the bias towards younger people in recruitment'
  2. 'There should be no bias in favour of the money-earner and against the home-maker and the child-carer.'
  3. 'Her supporters said she was unfairly singled out because of her celebrity and because of bias against female executives.'
  4. 'I do not live in either town, so have no personal bias in favour of moving traffic from one to another, either from a business or residential point of view.'
  5. 'The case was dealt with by case workers outside the county so that there could be no inference of bias in favour of one party.'
  6. 'Apart from its bias in favour of upstream states, it has little support in state practice and does not seem to represent international law.'
  7. 'Thus, if a large country finds that the partnership with a small country is of value from an overall point of view, the large country will be willing to accept a certain power bias in favour of the small country.'
  8. 'However, his own bias in favour of doctrinal studies hindered acceptance of his theories, and he died at too young an age to have had much impact.'
  9. 'In an article for today's paper, the government's transport adviser firmly rejects claims of an unfair bias in favour of London and the south-east.'
  10. 'This follows from the charges of, for example, bias in favour of panel members' departments and inconsistency across subject areas.'
  11. 'Publication bias in favour of aspirin also exists.'
  12. 'The downturn in the technology sector has been unkind to those with a strong bias towards this area.'
  13. 'He is interested in the human bias towards particular scientific ideas, not on the scale of a particular concrete example as in our pictures above, but within an entire area of science.'
  14. 'The subject coverage is comprehensive, but with a strong bias towards the arts.'
  15. 'This suggests the existence of statistical bias in one or both of the partitions.'
  16. 'Furthermore, the statistical bias varies with the filling factor.'
A direction diagonal to the weave of a fabric.
  1. 'Then I trimmed that seam down to 1/4 ‘all around and finished it with a Hong Kong finish, using a sheer fabric cut on the bias.’'
  2. 'Garments cut on the bias fit differently than garments cut on straight grain.'
  3. 'A-line skirt or cut on the bias, what will work best for your shape?'
  4. 'Cut on the bias for a more comfortable fit, this is a perfect option for keeping cool on warmer nights.'
  5. 'Garment pieces cut on the bias should be pressed with the lengthwise grainline, to avoid stretching.'
  6. 'What about the jacket facings - would they have to be cut on the bias or the grain?'
  7. 'Maybe look for skirts cut on the bias, A-line, anything to emphasize your waist as being small and skim over your hips.'
  8. 'Fabrics cut on the bias hang nicely, swing and drape beautifully. However, they may also stretch.'
(in bowls) the irregular shape given to one side of a bowl.
  1. 'All bowls should have a bias that is not less than that of a Working Reference Bowl and should be imprinted with the registered World Bowls Stamp.'
  2. 'The bowls are not quite round. They are shaved on one side which gives them the bias.'
  3. 'Increased amounts of bias will reduce the maximum attainable speed. The top speed with maximum bias is approximately 55 mph!'
  4. 'At any rate, the shape of these stones is such that when delivered with a normal bowling action, they take bias; that is, they take a curved path, particularly when the initial speed begins to slow down.'
  5. 'Early tests conducted on a billiard table soon dispelled the ideas that bias is a myth in croquet. The noticeable 'draw' (lateral motion) on the fine green baize prompted a more careful examination with a view to ultimately testing on grass.'
A steady voltage, magnetic field, or other factor applied to a system or device to cause it to operate over a predetermined range.
  1. 'So far we have demonstrated examples of channel asymmetry that was induced by the sign of the applied voltage bias.'
  2. 'The experimental data suggest the opposite: increasing the applied voltage bias usually increases the duration of the current blockades.'

verb

Cause to feel or show inclination or prejudice for or against someone or something.
  1. 'editors were biased against authors from provincial universities'
  2. 'This has given rise to the view that the legal code is biased against women and the poor.'
  3. 'What makes him really angry is the way he says the system is biased against him because he is a man.'
  4. 'I am not biased against the authority as the writer offensively suggests, nor am I politically-motivated.'
  5. 'She was traumatised when her doctoral thesis was failed outright, apparently because one examiner was biased against her.'
  6. 'Some of them might even be open to argument along these lines, but the overwhelming vast majority of them will be biased against your views.'
  7. 'Despite the name, you really don't have to explain why you think the judge is potentially biased against you.'
  8. 'Mick was adamant that the referee was totally biased against the player.'
  9. 'Should such a system be introduced here, she suggests, it should be biased towards the least-skilled.'
  10. 'Questions are already being asked about whether the lead researcher was inherently biased against the drug.'
  11. 'Landlords say the Residential Tenancy Act is biased against them and they run websites naming bad tenants and their sins.'
Give a bias to.
  1. 'Apparently, function can be fine tuned by either reverse biasing or forward biasing the tension generating step.'
  2. 'When a MOS channel is formed by forward biasing the gate, a Zener tunnel current evolves with a steep turn-on characteristic.'
  3. 'The third electrode may be biased at the potential of the anode through a ballast resistor, and be located near the cathode.'

More definitions

1. a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned: illegal bias against older job applicants; the magazine’s bias toward art rather than photography; our strong bias in favor of the idea.

2. unreasonably hostile feelings or opinions about a social group; prejudice: accusations of racial bias.

3. an oblique or diagonal line of direction, especially across a woven fabric.

4. Statistics. a systematic as opposed to a r

More examples(as adjective)

"charges can be bias in administrations."

"suits can be bias."

"cases can be bias."

"weeks can be bias."

"claims can be bias."

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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘oblique line’; also as an adjective meaning ‘oblique’): from French biais, from Provençal, perhaps based on Greek epikarsios ‘oblique’.