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When to use 'bias' and 'biased'

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#1 SilentArmand



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Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:51 PM

Is a person 'bias' or 'biased' What is the difference between bias and biased?

#2 buhi


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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:25 AM

"Bias" is a noun meaning "prejudice." "Biased" is an adjective meaning "having prejudice." Therefore, you would say "a biased person" if that person did, in fact, have a bias:

"Despite his reputation as a biased judge, we found the Honorable Joseph Klimt to be completely free of any bias; he ruled fairly in our case, at least."

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:58 PM

Biased is used primarily as an adjective. You could describe someone as being biased towards a particular issue. Bias on the other hand is a tendency to favor a specific outcome, regardless of the evidence presented.

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