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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
gender bias
gender bias/inequality/discrimination (=when one gender is treated unfairly)
▪ Her research investigates gender bias in the classroom.
sex bias
▪ She has taken out a lawsuit against her employer, accusing them of sex bias.
▪ This session also provides an opportunity to look at cultural bias and racism in materials.
▪ Women are discriminated against in employment and educational opportunities and suffer from pervasive cultural and traditional biases and prejudices.
▪ These courses are independent, free from commercial bias and partners are encouraged to attend.
▪ But they were not always popular among the citizens because they were suspected of arbitrariness and personal bias.
▪ Sometimes knowledge of the members of the review team will suggest particular concerns and personal biases.
▪ What personal biases and distortions are likely to be present?
▪ In this I would admit to a personal bias toward flexibility and a lateral approach.
▪ Finally, task descriptions differ with the personal biases of analysts and the reasons why they are conducting the analysis.
▪ Each of these has a different editorial policy and, to a lesser or greater degree, a political bias.
▪ I don't give a darn if the results don't coincide with the editorial board's political biases!
▪ Omissions are most patent perhaps in surveys made with a political bias.
▪ He's a little young for political bias.
▪ The two sides called upon the police to act without political bias.
▪ Secondly, there is the problem of political bias in book and periodical selection in libraries.
▪ In the past it was criticised for political bias.
▪ In practice the Act requires teachers to avoid racial bias in the performance of their teaching and pastoral duties.
▪ But this looks like racial bias, it smells like racial bias, it is racial bias of the worst kind.
▪ Women's groups also resented the imposition of limits for gender discrimination while damages for racial bias were unlimited.
▪ But this looks like racial bias, it smells like racial bias, it is racial bias of the worst kind.
▪ The signing of Tendulkar was described as a whitewash merely to cover racial bias.
▪ Congress may adopt a racial-justice amendment that would allow blacks to appeal against conviction on the ground of systematic racial bias.
▪ Mark Fuhrman, who was subsequently criticized for racial bias by both defense lawyers and prosecutors.
▪ On the other hand, while self help by its very nature is participatory, it has a strong middle class bias.
▪ Some sources have a subtle rather than a very strong and obvious bias.
▪ An alternative with a strong constitutional law bias is Hartley and Griffith's Government and Law.
▪ It is an area of study with a strong academic bias, the foundations of which were none the less in local exploration.
▪ On the other hand, while self help by its very nature is participatory, it has a strong middle class bias.
▪ To date, there has always been a middle class bias in participation in formal organisations.
▪ The social class bias in university entrance is not matched by a corresponding bias in university performance.
▪ In Amalgamemnon the technique of mimétisme is generalized as the awareness of gender bias becomes more prominent.
▪ Is this clear evidence of gender bias in the manual?
▪ Psychological theories support two main forms of gender bias.
▪ Procedural gender biases are a source of serious anxiety in a science as powerfully dependent on method as psychology.
▪ Sociobiology's gender biases emerge more generally in its selectivity about genetics.
▪ Woman-centred psychologists also criticize the gender bias of traditional psychological method.
▪ Their attempts to provide more objective methods do not challenge the gender bias involved in psychological notions of objectivity.
▪ Comparing many countries is susceptible to statistical analysis, which helps eliminate possible sources of selection bias and spuriousness.
▪ The strength of experimental studies is that randomisation removes selection bias.
▪ Is there a problem of selection bias?
▪ We have an example of selection bias as described in Section 15.2.7.
▪ This is thought to reflect a selection bias.
▪ Chapter 2 provides an exhaustive review of problems with selection bias.
▪ A good review of historical sources of selection bias.
▪ Prospective information on cycle variability during treatment would have led to potential selection bias.
▪ In a speech on Dec. 1 Moi warned of interference by Western countries, which he accused of bias.
▪ Researchers who speak plainly are likely to find themselves embroiled in controversy and accused of unscientific bias.
▪ Some people alleged a bias towards the Conservatives, while others alleged a bias against the Conservatives, for example.
▪ The Morgan Stanley suit is thought to have been the first to allege workplace bias via electronic mail.
▪ Some people alleged a bias towards the Conservatives, while others alleged a bias against the Conservatives, for example.
▪ In practice the Act requires teachers to avoid racial bias in the performance of their teaching and pastoral duties.
▪ We attempted to avoid this bias by offering endoscopy to every asthmatic patient regardless of the presence or absence of reflux symptoms.
▪ It also introduces a dangerous bias.
▪ That would introduce a bias toward heart trouble among calcium channel blocker users.
▪ It is important to distinguish the influences of both, as both may introduce particular sets of biases into the fossil assemblage.
▪ The whole emphasis is placed on the terms being negated, thereby reflecting a profound bias towards aggression as the norm.
▪ But as we will see, the superiors' point of view about the managerial role also reflected their biases.
▪ Much of this reflects the entrenched acute-service bias of the National Health Service, and major change would have far-reaching implications.
▪ But at 8-10 in the Big East, does their entry reflect East Coast bias?
▪ These are learned at an early age and reflect the bias and background of our parents.
▪ The questions reflected a prosecutorial bias.
▪ The classroom content reflects a clear socialist bias.
▪ The high proportion of adults with cystic fibrosis in non-manual occupations may reflect selection or response bias.
▪ Several proprietary fertilizers, mixed and formulated specifically for roses, show a marked bias in favour of one or other element.
▪ Secondly, they show a clear bias towards the problems and prospects of developing countries.
▪ Midlands have little form and against the South showed a defensive bias and no discernible pattern.
▪ The courts have shown a similar bias, though usually for a different reason.
▪ There is no need to show bias.
▪ Crystal has shown how this bias in linguistics carries over into lay views of language.
▪ She also shows her bias for Bassanio in the music she plays when he is choosing the caskets.
▪ Conservatives say the press has a liberal bias.
▪ Arbitrariness, malice, or bias are examples of improper considerations.
▪ Comment on this study proposal, discussing any possible sources of bias likely to be encountered, as well as such problems as non-response.
▪ Some documents offer superb examples of bias.
▪ Surprisingly, perceptions of bias never had a significant impact on usefulness-ratings.
▪ The ownership and biases of the media have been an issue of continuing interest to analysts.
▪ The social sciences at this stage had the opposite bias.
▪ These courses are independent, free from commercial bias and partners are encouraged to attend.
▪ What worried Ross was a dangerous bias.
▪ Many cultures bias their legacies, parental care, sustenance, and favoritism toward sons at the expense of daughters.
▪ The argument that acquired immunity may bias the measurement of parasite resistance or limit the progression of those parasites deserves comment.
▪ The failure of animal breeders to produce a strain that can bias the gender of its offspring is glaring.
▪ The method we used to check the network for integrity was purposely to bias the output for selected input vector sets.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bias \Bi"as\, adv. In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias.


Bias \Bi"as\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Biased (b[imac]"ast); p. pr. & vb. n. Biasing.] To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.

Me it had not biased in the one direction, nor should it have biased any just critic in the counter direction.
--De Quincey.


Bias \Bi"as\ (b[imac]"as), n.; pl. Biases (-[e^]z). [F. biasis, perh. fr. LL. bifax two-faced; L. bis + facies face. See Bi-, and cf. Face.]

  1. A weight on the side of the ball used in the game of bowls, or a tendency imparted to the ball, which turns it from a straight line.

    Being ignorant that there is a concealed bias within the spheroid, which will . . . swerve away.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  2. A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination.

    Strong love is a bias upon the thoughts.

    Morality influences men's lives, and gives a bias to all their actions.

  3. A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.

  4. A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias.

    Syn: Prepossession; prejudice; partiality; inclination. See Bent.


Bias \Bi"as\, a.

  1. Inclined to one side; swelled on one side. [Obs.]

  2. Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, from French biais "slant, slope, oblique," also figuratively, "expedient, means" (13c., originally in Old French a past participle adjective, "sideways, askance, against the grain"), which is of unknown origin, probably from Old Provençal biais, with cognates in Old Catalan and Sardinian; possibly from Vulgar Latin *(e)bigassius, from Greek epikarsios "athwart, crosswise, at an angle," from epi- "upon" + karsios "oblique," from PIE *krs-yo-, from root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)). It became a noun in Old French. "[A] technical term in the game of bowls, whence come all the later uses of the word" [OED]. Transferred sense of "predisposition, prejudice" is from 1570s in English.\n\nFor what a man had rather were true he more readily believes. Therefore he rejects difficult things from impatience of research; sober things, because they narrow hope; the deeper things of nature, from superstition; the light of experience, from arrogance and pride, lest his mind should seem to be occupied with things mean and transitory; things not commonly believed, out of deference to the opinion of the vulgar. Numberless in short are the ways, and sometimes imperceptible, in which the affections colour and infect the understanding.

[Francis Bacon, "Novum Organum," 1620]


1620s, literal and figurative, from bias (n.). Related: Biased; biasing.

  1. 1 Inclined to one side; swelled on one side. 2 Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth. adv. In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally. n. 1 (context countable uncountable English) inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection 2 (context countable textiles English) the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric 3 (context countable textiles English) A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (such as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference. 4 (context electronics English) a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode 5 (context statistics English) the difference between the expectation of the sample estimator and the true population value, which reduces the representativeness of the estimator by systematically distorting it 6 (context sports English) In the game of crown green bowls: a weight added to one side of a bowl so that as it rolls, it will follow a curved rather than a straight path; the oblique line followed by such a bowl; the lopsided shape or structure of such a bowl. v

  2. (context transitive English) To place bias upon; to influence.

  1. adj. slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric; "a bias fold"

  2. [also: biassing, biassed]

  1. n. a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation [syn: prejudice, preconception]

  2. a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric [syn: diagonal]

  3. v. influence in an unfair way; "you are biasing my choice by telling me yours"

  4. cause to be biased [syn: predetermine]

  5. [also: biassing, biassed]


BIAS (originally known as Berkley Integrated Audio Software) was a privately held corporation based in Petaluma, California. It ceased all business operations as of June, 2012.

Bias (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Bias (; ) was a brother of Melampus who received one third of the Kingdom of Argos (see Melampus for more information).

Bias (statistics)

Statistical bias is a feature of a statistical technique or of its results, whereby the expected value of the results differs from the true underlying quantitative parameter being estimated.

Bias (disambiguation)

Bias is an inclination towards something, or a predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, or predilection.

Bias may also refer to:

Usage examples of "bias".

I recollect his warmth of heart and high sense, and your beauty, gentleness, charms of conversation, and purely disinterested love for one whose great worldly advantages might so easily bias or adulterate affection, I own that I have no dread for your future fate, no feeling that can at all darken the brightness of anticipation.

If a cop is biased, sooner or later that bias is going to come out on the job, is what reporters say.

This is why so many people see the media as arrogant, elitist and biased, and why Mr.

The time has come to shift the debate from whether the news is biased to what can be done to correct it.

Fox hired John Ellis, and John Ellis, who is obviously biased, called the election for Bush.

We have to have the freedom to be biased or to believe whatever we believe, regardless of how wrong or objectionable others may think it is.

Consequently, investments large and small are accurately gauged in the current business, whereas estimates of their value are downwardly biased in a potential new business.

Among the most biased news sources were - no surprises here - the New York Times and the Washington Post.

He and his coadjutrix insinuated, that the treasurer was biassed in favour of the dissenters, and even that he acted as a spy for the house of Hanover.

It is by a pure effect of fancy and doctrinal bias that the parable has been perverted into a description of the Last Judgment.

The French national idea is democratic, but its democracy is rendered difficult by French national insecurity, and its value is limited by its equalitarian bias.

Bias, he bore all his fortune with him, but, in his case, it was carried under his arm.

A bias strip about eight inches wide and long enough to reach around the crown, plus three or four inches, should be joined on the lengthwise thread of the material.

Strictly speaking, ZUG means Pull, Tug, Draught, Procession, March, Progress, Flight, Direction, Expedition, Train, Caravan, Passage, Stroke, Touch, Line, Flourish, Trait of Character, Feature, Lineament, Chess-move, Organ-stop, Team, Whiff, Bias, Drawer, Propensity, Inhalation, Disposition: but that thing which it does NOT mean--when all its legitimate pennants have been hung on, has not been discovered yet.

It gives also an opening to snivel in public about persecutions by the magistrature, with impunity accused of bias and corruption.