Partial definition

pärshəl
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Having a particular liking or fondness for something or someone.

Partial to spicy food.

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Favoring one person or side over another or others; biased or prejudiced.

A decision that was partial to the plaintiff.

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A partial artificial denture.
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Favoring one person, faction, etc. more than another; biased; prejudiced.
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Of, being, or affecting only a part; not complete or total.
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(mathematics) A partial derivative: a derivative with respect to one independent variable of a function in multiple variables.
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(dentistry) Dentures that replace only some of the natural teeth.
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(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.
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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.

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(mathematics) A partial derivative.
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Existing as a part or portion; incomplete.

So far, I have only pieced together a partial account of the incident.

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(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.

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(music) An overtone or harmonic.
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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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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.

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partial to
  • fond of; having a liking for
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
partial
Plural:
partials

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of partial

  • Middle English parcial from Old French from Late Latin partiālis from Latin pars part- part part

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French parcial (“biased or particular"), from Late Latin partialis (“of or pertaining to a part"), from Latin pars (“part").

    From Wiktionary