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partial

[pahr-shuh l]
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adjective
  1. being such in part only; not total or general; incomplete: partial blindness; a partial payment of a debt.
  2. biased or prejudiced in favor of a person, group, side, etc., over another, as in a controversy: a partial witness.
  3. pertaining to or affecting a part.
  4. being a part; component; constituent.
  5. Botany. secondary or subordinate: a partial umbel.
noun
  1. Bridge. part-score.
  2. Acoustics, Music. partial tone.
Idioms
  1. partial to, having a liking or preference for; particularly fond of: I'm partial to chocolate cake.

Origin of partial

1375–1425; late Middle English parcial biased, particular < Middle French < Late Latin partiālis pertaining to a part, equivalent to Latin parti- (stem of pars) part + -ālis -al1
Related formspar·tial·ly, adverbpar·tial·ness, nounnon·par·tial, adjectivenon·par·tial·ly, adverbo·ver·par·tial, adjectiveo·ver·par·tial·ly, adverbo·ver·par·tial·ness, noun
Can be confusedpartially partly

Synonyms

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1. unfinished, imperfect, limited. 2. one-sided, unfair, unjust.

Antonyms

1, 3. complete. 2. unbiased, fair.
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Examples from the Web for partially

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  • And their target is fairly protected and at least partially hidden.

  • Nat endeavoured to assume a seraphic expression, and partially succeeded.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • But Pete was still holding him fast, partially, beyond doubt, for support.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • But she saw that Mr. Galloway seemed to think it was hers, or that it was partially hers.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Where did you obtain the money that you applied to liquidate, or partially to liquidate, your debts?

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood


British Dictionary definitions for partially

partial

adjective
  1. relating to only a part; not general or completea partial eclipse
  2. biaseda partial judge
  3. (postpositive foll by to) having a particular liking (for)
  4. botany
    1. constituting part of a larger structurea partial umbel
    2. used for only part of the life cycle of a planta partial habitat
    3. (of a parasite) not exclusively parasitic
  5. maths designating or relating to an operation in which only one of a set of independent variables is considered at a time
noun
  1. Also called: partial tone music acoustics any of the component tones of a single musical sound, including both those that belong to the harmonic series of the sound and those that do not
  2. maths a partial derivative
Derived Formspartially, adverbpartialness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French parcial, from Late Latin partiālis incomplete, from Latin pars part

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Word Origin and History for partially

partial

adj.

early 15c., "one-sided, biased," from Old French parcial (14c., Modern French partial), from Medieval Latin partialis "divisible, solitary, partial," from Latin pars (genitive partis) "part" (see part (n.)). Sense of "not whole, incomplete" is attested from late 14c. Related: Partially (mid-15c. as "incompletely").

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