- being such in part only; not total or general; incomplete: partial blindness; a partial payment of a debt.
- biased or prejudiced in favor of a person, group, side, etc., over another, as in a controversy: a partial witness.
- pertaining to or affecting a part.
- being a part; component; constituent.
- Botany. secondary or subordinate: a partial umbel.
- partial to, having a liking or preference for; particularly fond of: I'm partial to chocolate cake.
Origin of partial
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Examples from the Web for partial
Despite the financial remedy, partial repeal of the screen quota has imperiled the domestic market.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
Or perhaps Understanding, Partial Ignorance, and Total Ignorance.
A better taxonomy would break us up by words like Acceptance, Partial Denial, and Total Denial.
He majored in mathematical physics, studying mind-bending theories of quantum mechanics and partial differential equations.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
The shooting left Brady with slurred speech, and with partial paralysis, which required him to use a wheelchair.Jim Brady, Reagan’s Gentle ‘Bear’ Who Roared Back to Life After Being Shot
August 4, 2014
This illuminated the entire room, but in a partial and dismal manner.Way of the Lawless
This might be so had He Himself undertaken to give more than a partial view of truth.The Conquest of Fear
He underwent various operations, but derived only partial benefit from them.Handel
Edward J. Dent
I had a partial engagement for Monday with John; but he'll let me off, to go to the Opera.The Bacillus of Beauty
How often, my dear, have you and I endeavoured to detect and censure this partial spirit in others?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- relating to only a part; not general or completea partial eclipse
- biaseda partial judge
- (postpositive foll by to) having a particular liking (for)
- constituting part of a larger structurea partial umbel
- used for only part of the life cycle of a planta partial habitat
- (of a parasite) not exclusively parasitic
- maths designating or relating to an operation in which only one of a set of independent variables is considered at a time
- 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
- maths a partial derivative
Word Origin and History for partial
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").