- 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.
The definition of partial is something that is incomplete or part of a whole, or to describe something for which you have a liking.
- favoring one person, faction, etc. more than another; biased; prejudiced
- of, being, or affecting only a part; not complete or total
Origin of partialMiddle English parcial from Middle French partial from Late Latin partialis from Classical Latin pars, part
- partial tone
- a partial artificial denture
fond of; having a liking for
- 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 of partialMiddle English parcial from Old French from Late Latin partiālis from Latin pars part- part ; see part .
(comparative more partial, superlative most partial)
- Existing as a part or portion; incomplete.
- So far, I have only pieced together a partial account of the incident.
- (computer science) Describing a property that holds only when an algorithm terminates.
- It's easy to prove partial correctness, but it's not obvious that it is also totally correct.
- Biased in favor of a person, side, or point of view, especially when dealing with a competition or dispute.
- The referee is blatantly partial!
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