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 Buyers have displayed a partiality for in-person tours of the properties in recent months. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 18 May 2021 However, Johnson says her partiality for sunglasses started during childhood, first as a reaction to certain insecurities before growing simply into a love for styling them. Jamila Stewart, Essence, 10 May 2021 Evaluation and assessment: While companies have a wide range of systems for evaluating performance, nearly all rely heavily on peer and manager feedback, which are vulnerable to partiality like proximity bias. Aram Lulla, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Some of the makeup she's been reaching for a lot lately include Anastasia Beverly Hills products, with a partiality to the brand's Glow Kits. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 30 Apr. 2021 This tension, between the objectives of the historian and the advocate, runs throughout Mr. Robertson’s book, lending it both interest and partiality. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 But even as the genre draws from all around it, the real marvel of lo-fi hip-hop on YouTube is its partiality to minimalism. Jason Parham, Wired, 4 Feb. 2021 Well into the twentieth century, many believed the only lasting cure for the state’s partiality to property owners was proletarian revolution: workers must take over the state apparatus and divert its purpose from that of property protection. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, 24 Nov. 2020 But from an ethical standpoint, there’s not a good reason for absolute partiality, where a country covers every one of its citizens before giving any vaccine internationally. Jim Daley, Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2020

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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