Definition of one-sided in English:



  • 1Unfairly giving or dealing with only one side of a contentious issue or question; biased or partial.

    ‘the press was accused of being one-sided, of not giving a balanced picture’
    • ‘Few political issues get more one-sided media treatment than ‘free trade.’’
    • ‘Since I have so often criticized Mirror writers for one-sided, unfair or patently wrong items on Israel and its supporters, let me acknowledge the opposite for a change.’
    • ‘But I think it is a serious mistake because it merely encourages the worse kind of one-sided, unfair attacks.’
    • ‘She said, as chairman of Bord Bia, she was very afraid that the consumer was taking a one-sided view on the issue.’
    • ‘An egotistic, biased and one-sided approach in Washington cannot yield lasting peace.’
    • ‘I am bitterly concerned with this one-sided, biased, anti-Israel report.’
    • ‘I see your compliance to publishing this man's diary as completely inappropriate, not to say shamefully one-sided and deeply biased.’
    • ‘Mountain said his views on this issue are not one-sided.’
    • ‘He seems to find the media portrayal of him unfair, at least one-sided.’
    • ‘A democracy encourages free press that provides both sides of the issue, not a one-sided Party mouthpiece, which the press has become.’
    • ‘I must, however, take issue with his very one-sided comments directed at club professionals.’
    • ‘The information that's in there isn't biased or one-sided.’
    • ‘How dare they spend a day focusing on such one-sided issues and call it education.’
    • ‘Academe is at it again, allowing a one-sided, biased article on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.’
    • ‘They abandoned their former biased one-sided view which is of course an encouraging sign.’
    • ‘But I object to that becoming a very one-sided issue.’
    • ‘I mean, I've never seen a political issue that is so one-sided among the public and that politicians are simply ignoring.’
    • ‘This is going to be the most biased, one-sided, totally untrustworthy book review you'll ever read.’
    • ‘The topic is fuelled by the often negative press that bullying gets in the Press, often the local press which highlights the problem and over-hypes the issues with one-sided articles.’
    • ‘Obviously, information would be one-sided and biased.’
    biased, prejudiced, partisan, partial, preferential, discriminatory, coloured, inequitable, unfair, influenced, slanted, unjust, narrow-minded, bigoted
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    1. 1.1 (of a contest or conflict) having a gross inequality of strength or ability between the opponents.
      • ‘The 31-year-old Sydney Olympic gold medallist wasted little time in the ring and won the one-sided contest in two minutes and nine seconds for his eighth professional win.’
      • ‘This was a one-sided contest which ended on a final scoreline of Scartaglin 2-12, Listowel Emmets - 3.’
      • ‘The winners were in total control from the word go in a totally one-sided contest.’
      • ‘Inevitably, during a lull in what turned out to be a rather one-sided contest, the assembled spectators created their own entertainment.’
      • ‘Australia's match against Bangladesh should be a one-sided contest with attention focused on the match against England in Bristol on Sunday.’
      • ‘A repeat never looked on the cards as Leigh scored at almost a point a minute in a one-sided contest.’
      • ‘Tens of thousands attended rallies to express their revulsion at the one-sided conflict and the slaughter of thousands of Iraqis.’
      • ‘We'd all better tune in; this could be the most one-sided contest since the Little Big Horn.’
      • ‘In a one-sided contest, the Kiev-born Scot blew the British No.3 off court 6-2, 6-1.’
      • ‘In particular their kicking was superb as they humbled the Saints in a one-sided contest which saw the equal highest winning margin in the competition's history.’
      • ‘The contest was somewhat one-sided, with the visiting Englishmen winning without much difficulty.’
      • ‘He did it in sensational style as he stopped the man ranked fifth in the world after just 97 seconds of a one-sided contest.’
      • ‘The election for the prime minister's office was a one-sided contest that was never in doubt.’
      • ‘The one-sided contest, which India needed to win to keep alive their hopes for a berth in the final, saw Pakistan scoring three goals in each halves.’
      • ‘Although the result suggests a one-sided contest, that was far from what happened and the performance has encouraged county officials.’
      • ‘This was a one-sided contest, with Thistle's threat virtually constant.’
      • ‘Oozing confidence from the outset, the Jarlaths' boys were rampant in the first 25 minutes of an exceedingly one-sided contest.’
      • ‘The format of the ICC Champions Trophy, the second-biggest one-day tournament in world cricket, has been tweaked to ensure fewer one-sided contests.’
      • ‘The fight was stopped in round eleven in a very one-sided contest.’
      • ‘And every half-footballer in the country wants to tog out for the media to make his or her name in a one-sided contest.’
      unequal, uneven, unbalanced, lopsided
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    2. 1.2 (of a relationship or conversation) having all the effort or activity coming from one participant.
      • ‘The paper has never published details of these one-sided conversations for fear of legal reprisals.’
      • ‘On one occasion he saw the captain approaching the radio room so he picked up the phone and began a one-sided conversation.’
      • ‘Laura normally just stood there and sighed while listening to the one-sided conversation (since she can't hear Wolf).’
      • ‘Before he could continue his one-sided conversation, someone interrupted.’
      • ‘Derrick shrugged, remembering the look on her face when she caught him and the horse involved in the one-sided conversation.’
      • ‘In time, this paid off and the one-sided conversation with New Zealand began.’
      • ‘It's not a one-sided conversation where I continually whine about how much wearing pink sucks or something, but he really contributes.’
      • ‘They sat down on a couch, catching up on recent events, although the conversation was rather one-sided, and the exhausted pair eventually fell asleep.’
      • ‘Still, though, I wasn't enjoying this one-sided conversation.’
      • ‘That's why I halted the one-sided conversations long ago.’
      • ‘So Cordelia realized how pointless their long one-sided conversations were, Kerowyn thought with the slightest air of smugness.’
      • ‘The one-sided conversation ended when they had to get ready for supper and Kathryn ended it by saying that Stephanie was already the best friend she has ever had.’
      • ‘A lot of these conversations are unfortunately one-sided.’
      • ‘Not all one-sided relationships are unhealthy.’
      • ‘I feel guilty that Gwen and I have such a one-sided relationship.’
      • ‘Anyone who has known the joy of an animal in the house knows that it is not a one-sided relationship.’
      • ‘It teaches us that conversations are one-sided and that disagreements do not involve compromise or discussion.’
      • ‘I could always hear him holding one-sided conversations.’
      • ‘As I dunked the teabag into and out of the boiling water a couple of times, I couldn't help but overhear the strains of a one-sided conversation that drifted into the room.’
      • ‘After the one-sided conversation was concluded Winthrop had his personal shame and sorrow to contend with, and the unshaven grin of the grizzly wino who asked for money.’
    3. 1.3 Having or occurring on one side of something only.
      ‘printing one-sided documents’
      • ‘He went to the 5th District Court of Appeals and said, These cannot be released because they are one-sided documents.’
      • ‘You may get into the situation where you need to create a one-sided document in profit center accounting.’
      • ‘Therefore, when the double-sided or one-sided copy is made from the double-sided original document, the finished copy can be obtained without a reversed even page’



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