Definition of one-sided in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwən ˈˌsīdid/


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
More example sentences
  • Academe is at it again, allowing a one-sided, biased article on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
  • A democracy encourages free press that provides both sides of the issue, not a one-sided Party mouthpiece, which the press has become.
  • 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.
1.1(Of a contest or conflict) having a gross inequality of strength or ability between the opponents.
Example sentences
  • Australia's match against Bangladesh should be a one-sided contest with attention focused on the match against England in Bristol on Sunday.
  • The winners were in total control from the word go in a totally one-sided contest.
  • This was a one-sided contest which ended on a final scoreline of Scartaglin 2-12, Listowel Emmets - 3.
unequal, uneven, unbalanced, lopsided
1.2(Of a relationship or conversation) having all the effort or activity coming from one participant.
Example sentences
  • It teaches us that conversations are one-sided and that disagreements do not involve compromise or discussion.
  • 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.
1.3Having or occurring on one side of something only: printing one-sided documents
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  • He went to the 5th District Court of Appeals and said, These cannot be released because they are one-sided documents.
  • 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
  • You may get into the situation where you need to create a one-sided document in profit center accounting.



Example sentences
  • Since the letters you see free to print are so flagrantly and one-sidedly selective (‘self-serving’ is, I believe the expression), I doubt this will find its way into those columns; we shall see.
  • It is based on a one-sidedly negative account of modern agriculture, scientific and technological experimentation and the track record of big business and government.
  • These people should not be blamed so one-sidedly.


Pronunciation: /ˈwən ˈˌsīdidnis/
Example sentences
  • So you don't put your one-sidedness, your bias or conditionality, into it.
  • The writer, an official reassigned in the UN administration from the Dutch colonial administration, complains of the one-sidedness of the UN administration who ignored such aspirations of the people.
  • But in a recent panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute, two experts warned that academic one-sidedness matters very much indeed, and is clearly having harmful results.

Words that rhyme with one-sided

lopsided, misguided, undecided, undivided, unguided, unprovided

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Syllabification: one-sid·ed

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