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Definition of Bias

Bias

  1. A weight on the side of the ball used in the game of bowls, or a tendency imparted to the ball, which turns it from a straight line.
  2. A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination.
  3. A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
  4. A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias.
  5. Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.
  6. Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
  7. In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias.
  8. To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.

Bias Quotations

Science is the search for truth, that is the effort to understand the world: it involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality.
Linus Pauling

Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.
Indira Gandhi

The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh.
Jonathan Edwards

Optimism is normal, but some fortunate people are more optimistic than the rest of us. If you are genetically endowed with an optimistic bias, you hardly need to be told that you are a lucky person - you already feel fortunate.
Daniel Kahneman

When a politician like Marco Rubio is willing to sacrifice his career defining immigration reform legislation solely to insure that gays and lesbians are denied equal protection under the law, we have to admit that we're under attack. This is not pragmatic politics at work. These are the policies of bias, exclusion and unfairness.
Harvey Fierstein
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Bias Translations

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