Simple Definition of partial
: not complete or total
: tending to treat one person, group, or thing better than another
Examples of partial in a sentence
These plants prefer full sun or partial shade.
The partial ban on immigration has been lifted.
His latest play was deemed only a partial success by the critics.
a partial eclipse of the sun
He wears a partial denture.
She suggested a partial solution to the problem.
A referee must not be partial toward either team.
Origin and Etymology of partial
Middle English parcial, from Late Latin partialis, from Latin part-, pars part
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of partial
: overtone 1a
First Known Use of partial
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Definition of partial for Students
1 : not complete <a partial success> <a partial eclipse>
2 : favoring one side of a question over another <I'm too partial to be a fair judge.>
3 : fond or too fond of someone or something <Grandma is partial to ice cream sodas.>
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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