par·​tial·​i·​ty | \ ˌpär-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce partiality (audio) , pär-ˈsha-lə-tē \
plural partialities

Definition of partiality

1 : the quality or state of being partial : bias
2 : a special taste or liking

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Examples of partiality in a Sentence

partiality blinded the administrator to the benefits of the proposed system for distributing work a person with an unfortunate partiality for jumping to conclusions
Recent Examples on the Web True, judges are ethically obligated to avoid the perception of partiality. Nathan L. Kinard, National Review, "Ethics Rules Do Not Bar Judges from Membership in the Federalist Society," 6 Feb. 2020 Whatever his personal views about Trump, his most likely priority will be to avoid any appearance of partiality, which might imperil his own posture of judicial neutrality and with it the Supreme Court’s institutional legitimacy. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The Supreme Court chief has left clues about his views on impeachment," 15 Jan. 2020 Six of the seven justices weighed in with questions during the oral arguments, some seemingly in support of a new custody hearing by a different judge and some concerned about invading judges' discretion in assessing their own partiality. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supreme Court considers the propriety of a judge's Facebook friendship with woman in pending custody case," 13 Jan. 2020 There is the same partiality for native plantings, plus plants that thrive in briny air, and other landscaping tricks to support resilience; the platform on which much of the park is built is ready for the next flood. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "Sweet Design on the Brooklyn Waterfront," 30 June 2018 Even a perception of partiality can dampen employee morale. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner,, "BusinessWise: Understand best practices when considering pay raises in your business," 26 Aug. 2019 That’s only the American lineage, but CNN — via doc producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and HBO — compound the partiality by stealth, suggesting that movie history only means Hollywood (ignoring cross-cultural influence). Armond White, National Review, "CNN Fakes Movie History as Well as the News," 5 July 2019 One of the interesting properties of Phutball is that any move could be played by either player, the only partiality in the game being the rule for determining the winner. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. Peter Rowe,, "Bordering on faith: San Diego spiritual leaders wrestle with the morality of immigration," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of partiality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Partiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of partiality

: an unfair tendency to treat one person, group, or thing better than another
: a tendency to like something or someone


par·​ti·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌpär-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce partiality (audio) \

Kids Definition of partiality

: the quality or state of favoring one side over another

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