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Definition 1: a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for bias in the sense of this definition

(bias is a kind of ...) an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives

(... is a kind of bias ) a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature

(... is a kind of bias ) extreme prejudice

(... is a kind of 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

(... is a kind of bias ) prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality

(... is a kind of bias ) prejudice against Muslims

"Muslim intellectuals are afraid of growing Islamophobia in the West"

(... is a kind of bias ) the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races

(... is a kind of bias ) an intentional and controversial bias

Definition 2: a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for bias in the sense of this definition

(bias is a kind of ...) a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature

"the shortest distance between two points is a straight line"

Definition 3: cause to be biased - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for bias in the sense of this definition

(bias is a kind of ...) influence (somebody's) opinion in advance

(... is a kind of bias ) present with a bias

"He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders"

Definition 4: influence in an unfair way - [verb of competition]

Samples where bias or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • you are biasing my choice by telling me yours

(bias is a kind of ...) influence (somebody's) opinion in advance

(... is a kind of bias ) attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant

Definition 5: slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bias or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bias fold

(bias is similar to ...) slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled

"the oblique rays of the winter sun" "acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles" "the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base"

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