1) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ against/in favour of n If someone is biased, they prefer one group of people to another, and behave unfairly as a result. You can also say that a process or system is biased.

He seemed a bit biased against women in my opinion...

The selection of pupils for grammar schools was biased in favour of the middle-class child of a small family from a good area...

The judge was biased.

2) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ towards n If something is biased towards one thing, it is more concerned with it than with other things.

In Japan firms are biased towards growth rather than profits...

University funding was tremendously biased towards scientists.

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