par·​tial·​ly | \ ˈpär-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce partially (audio) \

Definition of partially

1 : to some extent : in some degree was only partially successful The building was partially destroyed in the fire.
2 archaic : in a biased manner : with partiality

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Examples of partially in a Sentence

I guess I'm partially responsible for what happened. He only partially explained his reason for leaving. The building was partially destroyed in the fire.
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Recent Examples on the Web Panjwai’s near collapse and the growing threat to Kandahar city are partially the consequence of the death in 2018 of Gen. Abdul Raziq, who had been the province’s police chief since 2011. New York Times, "The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink," 15 Feb. 2021 The number of firms routinely writing D&O insurance for SPACs ahead of the boom was relatively small, partially because the policies are inherently different than traditional D&O coverage. Katherine Chiglinsky And Jenny Surane, Chron, "Boom in 'blank check' companies is wearing out insurers," 12 Feb. 2021 Playing primarily with Drew Doughty in the opening week, Maatta recorded a minus-one with no points in the season’s first four games and appeared to be partially at fault on several defensive zone breakdowns that led to opponents’ goals. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Anze Kopitar continues hot start: Five takeaways from Kings’ win over Blues," 25 Jan. 2021 The Patriots had the worst receiver and tight end situation in the NFL the last two years, which is partially why Brady left. Ben Volin,, "Tom Brady has raised the stakes, and Bill Belichick must respond quickly," 25 Jan. 2021 After over a week offline, the site is now partially back up, in the form of a landing page that promises a full return. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution," 20 Jan. 2021 Multiracial whiteness, Beltran claimed, is partially to blame for those Trump voters. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "NYU professor slammed for essay blaming Trump's growing minority support on 'multiracial whiteness'," 19 Jan. 2021 After his two-game absence, Garoppolo returned for a Week 5 loss to Miami in which he was benched after a miserable first-half performance that head coach Kyle Shanahan said was at least partially due to his ankle injury. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ injuries: Just bad luck? Or were ailing players put back on field too soon?," 13 Jan. 2021 The museum is still partially under construction after being damaged in rioting last summer. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities museums begin welcoming back visitors for the second time," 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of partially

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of partially was in the 15th century

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22 Feb 2021

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“Partially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of partially

: somewhat but not completely : to some extent or in some degree

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