partial

adjective
par·​tial | \ ˈpär-shəl How to pronounce partial (audio) \

Definition of partial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a part rather than the whole : not general or total a partial solution a partial payment
2 : inclined to favor one party more than the other : biased it is inconsistent with justice to be partial— J. S. Mill
3 : markedly fond of someone or something used with to partial to pizzaShe's partial to tall men with blond hair.

partial

noun

Definition of partial (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of partial in a Sentence

Adjective 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To ensure that watermelon and vegetable production continues, a village about 30 miles outside the capital has since Friday been under partial lockdown after one Covid-19 case was identified. Selina Cheng, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Two and a half weeks after extending a partial lockdown into a shutdown of the entire city, Shanghai shows few signs of easing its COVID-19 controls. Amy Gunia, Time, 22 Apr. 2022 Over the weekend, the western city of Xi’an came under a partial-lockdown for four days after the city of 13 million identified more than 40 infections. Bloomberg.com, 18 Apr. 2022 Over the weekend, the western city of Xi’an came under a partial-lockdown for four days after the city of 13 million identified more than 40 infections. Fortune, 18 Apr. 2022 Two of his co-workers, in anticipation of the partial lockdown, opted to live at the office for access to the photo studios. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 19 Mar. 2022 As the very partial list above indicates, the last 30 years have not exactly been a paradise of peace. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 24 Feb. 2022 Olivia has been partial to incorporating fishnets (gloves, tights, and tops) into her performance wardrobe recently, as well as punk-meets-ballet tulle, colorful shades of plaid, and of course, sky-high platforms. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 14 Apr. 2022 Trading volumes in stocks and currency markets had slumped since the partial lockdown went into effect, and some small- and medium-sized banks in Shanghai almost halted business without an emergency backstop, people familiar with the matter said. Bloomberg.com, 31 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Malaysia, however, officials went ahead with the partial reopening of a bridge connecting it to the island city-state of Singapore. Fox News, 30 Nov. 2021 In Malaysia, officials went ahead with the partial reopening of a bridge connecting it to the city-state of Singapore. Raf Casert And Mari Yamaguchi, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Nov. 2021 In Malaysia, officials went ahead with the partial reopening of a bridge connecting it to the city-state of Singapore. Raf Casert And Mari Yamaguchi, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 About 40% of students continued virtual learning during the partial reopening this spring. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2021 What followed the 2017 broadcast was a partial, and mostly secretive, reckoning, in Como and at the Vatican. Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2021 What followed the 2017 broadcast was a partial, and mostly secretive, reckoning, in Como and at the Vatican. Washington Post, 12 July 2021 If their spousal rate is higher than their retirement benefit rate, they could then be paid an additional partial, or excess, spousal benefit. Laurence Kotlikoff, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Authorities later found Zghoul’s partial remains in Johnston’s car. oregonlive, 27 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of partial

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for partial

Adjective and Noun

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

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13 May 2022

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“Partial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partial. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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partial

adjective
par·​tial | \ ˈpär-shəl How to pronounce partial (audio) \

Kids Definition of partial

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.

Other Words from partial

partially \ ˈpär-​shə-​lē \ adverb

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