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  • 1Unfairly giving or dealing with only one side of a contentious issue; biased: one-sided agitprop that devalues the causes it promotes
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    • 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 marked inequality of strength or ability between the participants: a totally one-sided match had a deceptively close scoreline it was a one-sided battle
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    • 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.
  • 1.2(Of a relationship or conversation) having all the effort coming from one participant: a one-sided caring relationship denies the essential element of reciprocity
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    • 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.
  • 2Having or occurring on one side of something only: 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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