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From Middle French biasis, from Old Provençal biais.

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countable and uncountable; biases or biasses

bias (countable and uncountable; plural biases or biasses)

  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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