bias
bi·as /'bī-əs/ n: a personal and often unreasoned judgment for or against one side in a dispute: prejudice
a judge disqualified because of bias

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

bias
I noun bigotry, disinclination, disposition, favoritism, foregone conclusion, inclinatio, inclination, intolerance, jaundice, partiality, partisanism, partisanship, penchant, preapprehension, preconceived idea, preconception, predetermination, predilection, predisposition, preference, prejudgment, prejudication, prejudice, prenotion, proclivity, proneness, propensio animi, propensity, susceptibility, tendency, trend, undetachment, undispassionateness associated concepts: actual bias, bias of mind II index bait (lure), discrimination (bigotry), dispose (incline), disposition (inclination), favor (partiality), favoritism, inclination, inequality, inequity, injustice, intolerance, nepotism, partiality, penchant, position (point of view), preconception, predetermination, predilection, predisposition, preference (choice), prejudice (preconception), prejudice (influence), proclivity, propensity, slant, stand (position), tendency

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


bias
n.
A preconceived opinion or prejudice; a condition that renders someone unable to judge a matter impartially.
v.
To influence in such a way as to render someone else’s judgment prejudiced.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


bias
An actual or potential decisionmaker's predisposition for or against a party to a lawsuit or a particular group of people. Bias may result from things like discriminatory attitudes, personal opinions, financial dealings, or personal knowledge of one of the parties or witnesses.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


bias
n. A mental tendency, inclination, preconception, prejudice, taint.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


bias
A predisposition or a preconceived opinion that prevents a person from impartially evaluating facts that have been presented for determination; a prejudice.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


bias
A predisposition or a preconceived opinion that prevents a person from impartially evaluating facts that have been presented for determination; a prejudice.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

bias
n.
   the predisposition of a judge, arbitrator, prospective juror, or anyone making a judicial decision, against or in favor of one of the parties or a class of persons. This can be shown by remarks, decisions contrary to fact, reason or law, or other unfair conduct. Bias can be toward an ethnic group, homosexuals, women or men, defendants or plaintiffs, large corporations, or local parties. Getting a "hometown" decision is a form of bias which is the bane of the out-of-town lawyer. There is also the subtle bias of some male judges in favor of pretty women. Obvious bias is a ground for reversal on appeal, but it is hard to prove, since judges are usually careful to display apparent fairness in their comments. The possibility of juror bias is explored in questioning at the beginning of trial in a questioning process called voir dire.
   See also: hometowned, voir dire

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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