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partiality

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noun par·tial·i·ty \ˌpär-shē-ˈa-lə-tē, pär-ˈsha-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of partiality

  • : an unfair tendency to treat one person, group, or thing better than another

  • : a tendency to like something or someone

Full Definition of partiality

plural par·tial·i·ties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being partial :  bias

  2. 2 :  a special taste or liking

Examples of partiality

  1. <partiality blinded the administrator to the benefits of the proposed system for distributing work>

  2. <a person with an unfortunate partiality for jumping to conclusions>



15th Century

First Known Use of partiality

15th century



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