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Etymology

From Middle French biasis, from Old Provençal biais.

Noun

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Singular
bias

Plural
es

bias (es)
  1. (countable) (uncountable) inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 4.
      nature has pointed out a mixed kind of life as most suitable to the human race, and secretly admonished them to allow none of these biasses to draw too much
  2. (countable) (textile) the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric
  3. (electronics) a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode
  4. (statistics) the difference between the expectation of the sample estimator and the true population value, which reduces the representativeness of the estimator by systematically distorting it

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Verb

Infinitive
to bias

Third person singular
biases or biasses

Simple past
biased or biassed

Past participle
biased or biassed

Present participle
biasing or biassing

to bias (third-person singular simple present biases or biasses, present participle biasing or biassing, simple past and past participle biased or biassed)
  1. (transitive) To place bias upon; to influence.
    Our prejudices bias our views.

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