adjective par·tial \ˈpär-shəl\

: not complete or total

: tending to treat one person, group, or thing better than another

Full Definition of PARTIAL

:  of or relating to a part rather than the whole :  not general or total <a partial solution>
:  inclined to favor one party more than the other :  biased
:  markedly fond of someone or something —used with to <partial to pizza>

Examples of PARTIAL

  1. These plants prefer full sun or partial shade.
  2. The partial ban on immigration has been lifted.
  3. His latest play was deemed only a partial success by the critics.
  4. a partial eclipse of the sun
  5. He wears a partial denture.
  6. She suggested a partial solution to the problem.
  7. A referee must not be partial toward either team.

Origin of PARTIAL

Middle English parcial, from Late Latin partialis, from Latin part-, pars part
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PARTIAL



Definition of PARTIAL

:  overtone 1a

First Known Use of PARTIAL


Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
PARTIAL Defined for Kids


adjective par·tial \ˈpär-shəl\

Definition of PARTIAL for Kids

:  not complete <a partial success> <a partial eclipse>
:  favoring one side of a question over another <I'm too partial to be a fair judge.>
:  fond or too fond of someone or something <Grandma is partial to ice cream sodas.>
par·tial·ly \ˈpär-shə-lē\ adverb

Word Root of PARTIAL

The Latin word pars, meaning part, and its form partis give us the root part. Words from the Latin pars have something to do with a part, section, or portion. To participate is to take part in some activity. Anything partial involves only part of something. A particle is a tiny bit or portion of something. It is easy to see that part itself also comes directly from pars in both form and meaning.
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