Definition of bias noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪəs//
    Social justice
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually singular] a strong feeling in favour of or against one group of people, or one side in an argument, often not based on fair judgement accusations of political bias in news programmes (= that reports are unfair and show favour to one political party) Employers must consider all candidates impartially and without bias. Some institutions still have a strong bias against women. Wordfinderbias, discriminate, equal, feminism, homophobia, human right, marginalize, persecute, race, society CollocationsRace and immigrationPrejudice and racism experience/​encounter racism/​discrimination/​prejudice/​anti-semitism face/​suffer persecution/​discrimination fear/​escape from/​flee racial/​political/​religious persecution constitute/​be a form of racial/​race discrimination reflect/​reveal/​show/​have a racial/​cultural bias be biased/​be prejudiced against (especially British English) black people/(both especially North American English) people of color/​African Americans/​Asians/​Africans/​Indians, etc. discriminate against minority groups/​minorities perpetuate/​conform to/​fit/​defy a common/​popular/​traditional/​negative stereotype overcome/​be blinded by deep-seated/​racial/(especially North American English) race prejudice entrench/​perpetuate racist attitudes hurl/​shout (especially British English) racist abuse; (especially North American English) a racist/​racial/​ethnic slur challenge/​confront racism/​discrimination/​prejudice combat/​fight (against)/tackle blatant/​overt/​covert/​subtle/​institutional/​systemic racismRace and society damage/​improve (especially British English) race relations practise/ (especially US English) practice (racial/​religious) tolerance/​segregation bridge/​break down/​transcend cultural/​racial barriers encourage/​promote social integration outlaw/​end discrimination/​slavery/​segregation promote/​embrace/​celebrate cultural diversity conform to/​challenge/​violate (accepted/​established/​prevailing/​dominant) social/​cultural norms live in a multicultural society attack/​criticize multiculturalism fight for/​struggle for/​promote racial equality perpetuate/​reinforce economic and social inequality introduce/​be for/​be against (British English) positive discrimination/(especially North American English) affirmative action support/​be active in/​play a leading role in the civil rights movementImmigration control/​restrict/​limit/​encourage immigration attract/​draw a wave of immigrants assist/​welcome refugees house/​shelter refugees and asylum seekers smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK deport/​repatriate illegal immigrants/​failed asylum seekers assimilate/​integrate new immigrants employ/​hire migrant workers exploit/​rely on (cheap/​illegal) immigrant labour/(especially US English) labor apply for/​gain/​obtain/​be granted/​be denied (full) citizenship have/​hold dual citizenship See related entries: Social justice
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] an interest in one thing more than others; a special ability The course has a strong practical bias. Leila had a marked scientific bias.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] the fact that the results of research or an experiment are not accurate because a particular factor has not been considered when collecting the information If a response rate is low, the risk of bias in the findings will be greater.
  4. 4[uncountable, singular] the bias of a piece of cloth is an edge cut diagonally across the threads The skirt is cut on the bias. a bias strip
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘oblique line’; also as an adjective meaning ‘oblique’): from French biais, from Provençal, perhaps based on Greek epikarsios ‘oblique’.Extra examples Bias often creeps in through the wording of questions. He claims that America’s media has a liberal bias. The data was checked for potential biases. The newspaper has a clear bias towards the Conservative Party. The newspaper was free from political bias. We have now tried to correct the bias in our original report. a bias against women a bias in favour of small firms a bias towards/​toward small companies a newspaper with a strong left-wing bias Claims of left-wing bias in teaching materials seem to be unfounded. Employers must consider all candidates without bias. In British universities there was a bias towards pure science. It’s difficult for any of us to look at a situation without some form of cultural bias. Many golf clubs are bastions of class bias. There are often accusations of political bias in news reports. There is a systematic bias in favour of employers in this country. There is plenty of evidence of gender bias in the classroom. These classes have a strong practical bias.
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