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

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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 From a legal standpoint, the appearance of partiality is key, and defense lawyers pointed to the flurry of news coverage surrounding McSpadden's remarks, as well as internet comments as evidence of the public perception of bias. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Judge booted from death row case after racial comments," 22 May 2018 To allow a white patron to idle indefinitely while simultaneously calling the police to remove black patrons by force in two minutes is more than mere unwitting partiality. Shamira Ibrahim, Daily Intelligencer, "Black Loiterers, White Lingerers, and Starbucks Coffee," 24 Apr. 2018 Large arbitration groups, such as the AAA, do have codes of conduct that prohibit such partiality. The Economist, "Kept out of the courthouseWhen you cannot sue your employer," 25 Jan. 2018 Haley was correct in pointing out that a U.N. that consistently singles out Israel for condemnation is in no position to criticize the U.S. for its partiality toward its ally. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Nikki Haley’s Right: Time to Start ‘Taking Names’ at the U.N.," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of partiality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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