- 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 partially
I am personally guilty of thinking that the culture war can be at least partially won on style points.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
As with all criminal suspects, far too few police interrogations of people with ID are videotaped or only partially videotaped.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
Sex, then, is not wholly experiential but at least partially transactional.Have Sperm, Will Travel: The ‘Natural Inseminators’ Helping Women Avoid the Sperm Bank
November 29, 2014
In response to hearing her story, Uber apologized for the "inefficient route" and partially refunded her fare.The Ten Worst Uber Horror Stories
November 19, 2014
In support of his assessment, he offers a number of tantalizing theories, only partially undergirded by fully explored evidence.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
And their target is fairly protected and at least partially hidden.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Nat endeavoured to assume a seraphic expression, and partially succeeded.
But Pete was still holding him fast, partially, beyond doubt, for support.
But she saw that Mr. Galloway seemed to think it was hers, or that it was partially hers.
Where did you obtain the money that you applied to liquidate, or partially to liquidate, your debts?
- 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 partially
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").