- The definition of partial is something that is incomplete or part of a whole, or to describe something for which you have a liking.
- The first chapter of a long book is an example of a partial sample of the book.
- When you like fresh flowers, this is an example of a situation where you are partial to fresh flowers.
partial definition by Webster's New World
- favoring one person, faction, etc. more than another; biased; prejudiced
- of, being, or affecting only a part; not complete or total
Origin: Middle English parcial ; from Middle French partial ; from Late Latin partialis ; from Classical Latin pars, part
- partial tone
- a partial artificial denture
- partially adverb
partial definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, being, or affecting only a part; not total; incomplete: The plan calls for partial deployment of missiles. The police have only a partial description of the suspect.
- Favoring one person or side over another or others; biased or prejudiced: a decision that was partial to the plaintiff.
- Having a particular liking or fondness for something or someone: partial to spicy food.
- Mathematics Of or being operations or sequences of operations, such as differentiation and integration, when applied to only one of several variables at a time.
- Music See harmonic.
- Mathematics A partial derivative.
Origin: Middle English parcial, from Old French, from Late Latin partiālis, from Latin pars, part-, part; see part.
- parˈtial·ness noun
partial - Phrases/Idioms