Definition of partial
- a partial solution
- a partial payment
- partial to pizza
- She's partial to tall men with blond hair.
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.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: not complete or total
: tending to treat one person, group, or thing better than another
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