Definition of partial
1 : of or relating to a part rather than the whole : not general or total a partial solution a partial payment
3 : markedly fond of someone or something —used with to partial to pizza She's partial to tall men with blond hair.
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.
Recent Examples of partial from the Web
The award includes funding for the high-quality sequencing of about 700 organisms, and for the partial sequencing or resequencing of thousands more.
The deal reportedly includes a partial guarantee on its third season.
Placed under a partial blockade, the small, gas-rich nation was told to cut back ties with Iran and end its alleged support for al-Qaeda and Islamic State, the groups that top most Western terror lists.
Anyone in the US will be able to see a partial eclipse, but only certain regions will get the chance to view the total eclipse.
Music and Event Management Inc. (MEMI), which purchased the indie music festival in advance of the 2016 event, announced the partial lineup for the Sept. 23-24 event on Wednesday morning.
These attacks bear some similarity to the Wannacry attacks in May which shut down hospitals in England, with partial ransomeware elements.
Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, wrote a partial dissent suggesting that the entire stay, not just part of it, should be lifted at once, and the order allowed to take full effect.
There was a partial One Direction reunion this weekend, in Indiana of all places, and it was caught on video by both boys, who are both pursuing solo careers with actually pretty decent results.
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Origin and Etymology of partial
Middle English parcial, from Late Latin partialis, from Latin part-, pars part
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of partial
: overtone 1a
PARTIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of partial for English Language Learners
: not complete or total
: tending to treat one person, group, or thing better than another
PARTIAL Defined for Kids
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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