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

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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First Known Use of partially

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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17 May 2022

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“Partially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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