partial

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

Definition of partial

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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)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Damage great in substantial buildings, with partial collapse. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "Ridgecrest earthquake was intense. Exactly how strong was it?," 4 July 2019 The Legislature last overrode a governor’s partial veto in 1985. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers proves once again that Wisconsin governors have the broadest veto powers in the U.S.," 3 July 2019 The prosecutor told jurors the impact of the crash left a partial imprint from Milonis’ license plate on the back of Foderingham’s car, and there was no evidence of mechanical issues on either car that might have contributed to the crash. Ramona Sentinel, "Trial starts in crash that killed pregnant woman," 3 July 2019 The rail authority said the earliest trains could operate on a partial system between San Francisco and Bakersfield would be 2029 — four years later than previous projections. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Where will the high-speed rail stop in the Bay Area?," 2 July 2019 Currently, foreign firms are allowed only partial stakes. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier, Reaches Out to Trump and Business," 2 July 2019 After undergoing a partial mastectomy and radiation treatment, Hammonds-Blakely, continued her studies and even went to prom. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "The Know Your Girls Campaign Wants Black Women To Advocate For Their Breast Health," 2 July 2019 DeBrincat should wind up in a different salary stratosphere than Strome, who has had only one strong partial season after having a hard time establishing himself with the Coyotes. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "5 reasons the Blackhawks (probably) won’t make a big splash when free agency starts today," 1 July 2019 Several buildings, like the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, had partial power and were able to adjust. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Parts of downtown Phoenix could be dark for days after fire that killed APS electrician," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

We time-stretched the sound of the woodblock and zoomed into the partials and spectra of a single woodblock stroke — just a millisecond of sound — and opened it up and basically unfolded the whole piece from there. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Mouse on Mars at M.I.T.: A Symposium Becomes a Dance Party," 12 Mar. 2018

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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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partial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of partial

: not complete or total
: tending to treat one person, group, or thing better than another

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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