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[pahr-shee-al-i-tee, pahr-shal-]
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noun, plural par·ti·al·i·ties.
  1. the state or character of being partial.
  2. a favorable bias or prejudice: the partiality of parents for their own children.
  3. a special fondness, preference, or liking (usually followed by to or for): a partiality for country living.
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Origin of partiality

1375–1425; late Middle English parcialite < Medieval Latin partiālitās. See partial, -ity
Related formsnon·par·ti·al·i·ty, noun, plural non·par·ti·al·i·ties.o·ver·par·ti·al·i·ty, noun

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Related Words for partiality

love, taste, bias, dish, liking, tendency, penchant, flash, propensity, affinity, partisanship, type, inclination, proclivity, weakness, preference, predisposition, thing, prejudice, leaning

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British Dictionary definitions for partiality


noun plural -ties
  1. favourable prejudice or bias
  2. (usually foll by for) liking or fondness
  3. the state or condition of being partial
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Word Origin and History for partiality


"one-sidedness," early 15c., from Middle French parcialité, from Medieval Latin partialitatem (nominative partialitas), from partialis (see partial).

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