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Definition of bias noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually singular] a strong feeling in favor of or against one group of people, or one side in an argument, often not based on fair judgment accusations of political bias in news programs (= that reports are unfair and show favor to one political party) Employers must consider all candidates impartially and without bias. Some institutions still have a strong bias against women.
  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, 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
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