- the state or character of being partial.
- a favorable bias or prejudice: the partiality of parents for their own children.
- a special fondness, preference, or liking (usually followed by to or for): a partiality for country living.
Origin of partiality
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Examples from the Web for partiality
He heavily favored his own tribe, the Popalzai, to the detriment of other clans who bitterly resented his partiality.Why Ahmed Wali Karzai Was a Target
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
July 12, 2011
Romantic involvement with a news source would create the appearance and probably the reality of partiality.David Pogue and Nicki Dugan: A Conflict of Interest?
May 27, 2011
Having a partiality for Robert, this was not likely to recommend his enemy in her eyes.Brave and Bold
Aggie sniffed vehemently in rebuke of the gross partiality of fate in his behalf.Within the Law
"I'll have you before his honour," is the threat of an Irishman who hopes for partiality.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
An insincere profession will be distinguished by partiality in its observances.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Don't take so heavily my mother's partiality and prejudices.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- favourable prejudice or bias
- (usually foll by for) liking or fondness
- the state or condition of being partial
Word Origin and History for partiality
"one-sidedness," early 15c., from Middle French parcialité, from Medieval Latin partialitatem (nominative partialitas), from partialis (see partial).