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

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 That partiality grew into outright admiration when Rep. Cheney took the strong and ultimately self-sacrificial stand against Donald Trump’s behavior during the Jan. 6 riot in the Capitol. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 But sports have rarely been about honesty and have always been about partiality. Detroit Free Press, 26 June 2022 Some legal scholars who have studied the impact of empathy on court decision making have found it as a necessary factor for avoiding partiality. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 25 Mar. 2022 Among the many costs of the department’s laxity toward Hillary Clinton in 2016 is that any enforcement of the law against Trump now will be seen, with some justification, as partiality. Nr Editors, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 O’Toole’s is a wildly ambitious project, one that accounts for inevitable partiality precisely through this invocation of the personal. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 The theorists feel great crimes have been committed but—by reason of the instability of language, and the partiality of those who speak it—there can be no possibility of an indictment. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First Department unanimously affirmed Cohen’s decision last October, ruling the Orioles failed to establish evident partiality in the second arbitration panel., 8 Sep. 2021 So deep is her partiality that during a virtual Q&A with press earlier in the day, Paulson became noticeably agitated by a reporter’s assessment of Tripp’s unlikability in the series — and in life. Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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