bias

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Bias is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

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Noun[change]

Singular
bias

Plural
biases or biasses

  1. (countable & uncountable) A bias is a preference in one direction that makes things unequal.
    There is strong evidence of a bias towards the death penalty for black rather than white murderers.
    They had plans for an international centre, with a strong political bias.
  2. (countable) The bias is the diagonal direction, especially in cloth.
    The neckline was cut on the bias to improve the drape of the fabric.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
bias

Third-person singular
biases

Past tense
biased

Past participle
biased

Present participle
biasing

also

Plain form
bias

Third-person singular
biasses

Past tense
biassed

Past participle
biassed

Present participle
biassing

  1. (transitive) If you bias something, you unfairly make one result more likely than another.
    Sexism in language biases experience constantly towards the male sex.
    By not providing this information, you bias the results.

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