partiality

noun

par·​tial·​i·​ty ˌpär-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce partiality (audio)
pär-ˈsha-lə-tē
plural partialities
1
: the quality or state of being partial : bias
2
: a special taste or liking

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 Róisín Pierce Courtesy of Róisín Pierce Though this Irish designer technically doesn’t bill herself as a bridal designer, Róisín Pierce’s utterly gorgeous, textural handmade dresses shouldn’t be overlooked in this category—especially given her partiality to the color white. Laura Neilson, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024 The former judge had been accused of gross neglect of duty, gross partiality and oppression in office, lack of proper temperament and failure to supervise her office, according to a petition by John Kane, the chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Maham Javaid, Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2024 By the time Botha took the helm of Sequoia as its senior steward in July 2022, the firm’s decision-making ethos mirrored Botha’s partiality to making tough calls. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 This type of partiality, termed taxonomic bias, isn’t unique. Lauren Leffer, Scientific American, 2 Jan. 2024 Soderstrom should be removed for reasons that include gross neglect of duty, gross partiality in office and oppression in office, Kane wrote. Ken Miller, Fortune, 12 Oct. 2023 For Saturday's annular eclipse, areas between Eugene and Medford in Oregon will see the eclipse during the mid-morning when 1 hour and 9 minutes of partiality will give way to the ring of fire at about 9:15 a.m. local time. Matthew Cappucci The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 9 Oct. 2023 O’Toole’s is a wildly ambitious project, one that accounts for inevitable partiality precisely through this invocation of the personal. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Mar. 2022 Similarly, when asked about DeWine’s decision to attend last weekend a Donald Trump rally that included imagery of conspiracy theories, Zayas espoused a philosophy to avoid any appearance that hints at partiality, using women’s rights, Black Lives Matter and anti-gun violence marches as examples. cleveland, 21 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of partiality was in the 15th century

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“Partiality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partiality. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

partiality

noun
par·​tial·​i·​ty ˌpär-shē-ˈal-ət-ē How to pronounce partiality (audio)
pär-ˈshal-
plural partialities
1
: the quality or state of being partial
2
: a special taste or liking

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