par·tial·ly | \ ˈpär-sh(ə-)lē \

Definition of partially 

1 archaic : in a biased manner : with partiality

2 : to some extent : in some degree was only partially successful The building was partially destroyed in the fire.

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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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The program is partially funded by Naperville’s Special Events Cultural Amenities Fund, and the museum is looking for funding to expand it throughout the year. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 13 July 2018 And in both their cases, the organism was partially resistant to the azole class and also to amphotericin. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 The cells revert to a partially embryonic state, which causes them to emit the growth factors. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Hair regrowth treatment now being tested in women by La Jolla's Histogen," 12 July 2018 The 33-year-old woman whose body was found partially concealed in a Delray Beach community garden died a violent death, police say. Tonya Alanez,, "Woman found in Delray garden died violently, police say," 13 July 2018 In parts of South America, western Africa and Europe, the eclipse will be partially visible just after sunset, as the moon rises. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018 The experiment was part of a study published Wednesday seeking to improve upon cochlear implants — electronic devices that stimulate auditory neurons to partially restore hearing. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 And workers will, at least partially, be in the driving seat. The Economist, "What if people were paid for their data?," 7 July 2018 The burden on unsubsidized customers is partially an artifact of the Affordable Care Act’s design, which cuts off all premium assistance the moment a household’s income exceeds 400% of the poverty level. Michael Hiltzik,, "Trump's own figures show that Obamacare is working well for the vast majority of enrollees," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of partially

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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alleviating pain or harshness

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