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"bias" in British English

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uk   /ˈbaɪ.əs/ us   /ˈbaɪ.əs/
  • bias noun (PREFERENCE)

C2 [C usually singular, U] the action of supporting or opposing a particular person or thing in an unfair way, because of allowing personal opinions to influence your judgment: The senator has accused the media of bias. Reporters must be impartial and not show political bias. There was clear evidence of a strong bias against her. There has always been a slight bias in favour of/towards employing liberal arts graduates in the company.
[C usually singular] the fact of preferring a particular subject or thing: She showed a scientific bias at an early age.

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biasverb [T]

uk   /ˈbaɪ.əs/ us   /ˈbaɪ.əs/ -s- or UK also -ss-
(Definition of bias from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bias" in American English

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biasnoun [C/U]

us   /ˈbɑɪ·əs/
an unfair personal opinion that influences your judgment: [U] They vowed to fight racial bias in the school. [C usually sing] Does news coverage reflect a reporter’s bias?
verb [T] us   /ˈbɑɪ·əs/ -s-, -ss-
The judge withheld the information on the grounds that it would bias the jury.
(Definition of bias from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bias" in Business English

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uk   /ˈbaɪəs/ us  
[C, usually singular or U] the fact of allowing personal opinions to influence your judgment in an unfair way: In her view, none of the interview panel had shown any bias.gender/racial bias a federal law prohibiting gender and racial bias in employmentbias against sb/sth The email suggested a clear bias against American products.bias in favour of sb/sth The company showed a marked bias in favour of employing men. a clear/definite/strong bias
[C, usually singular] the fact of preferring someone or something: bias towards sb/sth In general, investment trusts have more of a bias towards emerging markets, including the Far East.
[C or U] the fact that information is not correct because of the method used in collecting or presenting it: In the market research there was a bias in the sample of people who were selected to give their opinions. There is a need to build in safeguards against statistical bias.
[C or U] FINANCE the fact of prices, etc. increasing or decreasing: Interest rates are set to have an upward bias in the next 12 months. a negative/downward bias a positive/upward bias
(Definition of bias from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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