- considering but one side of a matter or question; partial or unfair: a one-sided judgment.
- with one party, contestant, side, etc., vastly superior; unbalanced; unequal: a one-sided fight.
- existing or occurring on one side only.
- having but one side, or but one developed or finished side.
- having one side larger or more developed than the other.
- Law. involving the action of one person only.
- having the parts all on one side, as an inflorescence.
Origin of one-sided
First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for one-sided
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But it was a one-sided struggle and lasted only for a second or two.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Yet the one-sided silence lived, with the terrible tenacity of evil.Meadow Grass
And don't be one-sided, my dear madam; it's not considerate, it's not kind.Little Dorrit
I shall try to avoid falling into the error of a one-sided view.The Truth About Woman
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But the characters of men are one-sided and accept this or that aspect of the truth.Sophist
- considering or favouring only one side of a matter, problem, etc
- having all the advantage on one side
- larger or more developed on one side
- having, existing on, or occurring on one side only
- another term for unilateral
- denoting a surface on which any two points can be joined without crossing an edgeSee Möbius strip
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Word Origin and History for one-sided
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