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partial

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adjective par·tial \ˈpär-shəl\

Simple Definition of partial

  • : not complete or total

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of partial

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a part rather than the whole :  not general or total <a partial solution>

  2. 2 :  inclined to favor one party more than the other :  biased

  3. 3 :  markedly fond of someone or something —used with to <partial to pizza>

Examples of partial in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of partial

Middle English parcial, from Late Latin partialis, from Latin part-, pars part


First Known Use: 14th century


2

partial

noun par·tial

Definition of partial

  1. :  overtone 1a



1880

First Known Use of partial

1880

Rhymes with partial



PARTIAL Defined for Kids

partial

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adjective par·tial \ˈpär-shəl\

Definition of partial for Students

  1. 1 :  not complete <a partial success> <a partial eclipse>

  2. 2 :  favoring one side of a question over another <I'm too partial to be a fair judge.>

  3. 3 :  fond or too fond of someone or something <Grandma is partial to ice cream sodas.>

partially

\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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