bias

Use the noun bias to mean a preference for one thing over another, especially an unfair one.

Some biases are completely innocent: "I have a bias toward French wines." But most often, bias is used to describe unfair prejudices: "The authorities investigated a case involving bias against Latinos." It is also a verb meaning "to show prejudice for or against," as in "They claimed the tests were biased against women." (In British English, it takes an extra S in the forms biassed and biassing.) The word goes back at least to Old Proven├žal, a former language of southern France, in association with the sport of lawn bowling, where it referred to the tendency of a ball to roll in one direction or the other.

Primary Meanings of bias

1.
nv
a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
influence in an unfair way
2.
nadj
a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric
slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric
Full Definitions of bias
1

n a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

Synonyms:
preconception, prejudice
Types:
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taboo, tabu
a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
irrational hostility
extreme prejudice
experimenter bias
(psychology) bias introduced by an experimenter whose expectations about the outcome of the experiment can be subtly communicated to the participants in the experiment
homophobia
prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality
Islamophobia
prejudice against Muslims
racism
the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races
tendentiousness
an intentional and controversial bias
anti-Semitism, antisemitism
the intense dislike for and prejudice against Jewish people
white supremacy
the prejudice that members of the white race are superior to members of other races
Type of:
partiality, partisanship
an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives

v influence in an unfair way

“you are biasing my choice by telling me yours”
Types:
handicap
attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
Type of:
prejudice, prepossess
influence (somebody's) opinion in advance

v cause to be biased

Synonyms:
predetermine
Types:
angle, slant, weight
present with a bias
Type of:
prejudice, prepossess
influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
2

n a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric

Synonyms:
diagonal
Type of:
straight line
a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature

adj slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric

“a bias fold”
Synonyms:
oblique
slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled

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