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unbiased

or (especially British) unbiassed

[uhn-bahy-uh st] /ʌnˈbaɪ əst/
adjective
1.
not biased or prejudiced; fair; impartial.
Origin of unbiased
1600-1610
1600-10; un-1 + biased
Related forms
unbiasedly, adverb
Synonyms
fair, equitable, tolerant, neutral.
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  • Altogether he was charmed, whether considering her as with the eyes of an unbiased stranger or with his own.

    Helen Maria Edgeworth
  • See the set lips of the 'unbiased twelve' as they retire for consideration of their verdict!

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • What man, sincere and unbiased in his opinions, could repeat to-day the famous credo quia absurdum?

  • What was more, I wanted an honest man who would form an unbiased opinion.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • It was the unbiased opinion of several wool-dealers present, that the shearing above would yield at least 35 lbs.

    Domestic Animals Richard L. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for unbiased

unbiased

/ʌnˈbaɪəst/
adjective
1.
having no bias or prejudice; fair or impartial
2.
(statistics)
  1. (of a sample) not affected by any extraneous factors, conflated variables, or selectivity which influence its distribution; random
  2. (of an estimator) having an expected value equal to the parameter being estimated; having zero bias
  3. Also called discriminatory. (of a significance test). Having a power greater than the predetermined significance level
Derived Forms
unbiasedly, unbiassedly, adverb
unbiasedness, unbiassedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unbiased
adj.

c.1600, literal, in reference to throws at bowls, from un- (1) "not" + biased. Figurative sense of "impartial, unprejudiced" is recorded from 1640s.

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