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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Join the conversation in our new Facebook group: Parenting in the Age of Tech Related Many places in the U.S. and abroad have partially or fully banned mobile phones in schools, but rarely on the scale France is planning. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "France Takes On Cellphone Addiction With a Ban in Schools," 13 Aug. 2018 The squashed part of my brain might unfurl partially or fully. Daphne Beal, Vogue, "After One Writer Finds Out She Has a Brain Tumor, She Confronts It Head On," 10 Aug. 2018 On Twitter, that pride is manifesting itself, partially, in the age-old (since the 1980s at least) tradition of bashing the word soccer. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Why Do Americans Call It Soccer Instead of Football? Blame England," 11 July 2018 But others say the school’s culture of brutality towards black students explains, at least partially, why Antwon fled. Anne Branigin, The Root, "High School Antwon Rose Attended Faces Brutal Allegations of Police Abuse: Report," 28 June 2018 Smith said maintaining four lanes on Central Avenue would haverequired acquiring private property and partially or entirely destroying more than 50 buildings that line the street to make space. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "South Phoenix neighbors take light rail fight to City Council," 19 June 2018 Many of the injured were partially or fully blinded. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "U.N. says India’s ‘excessive force’ caused unlawful killings in Kashmir in first-ever report," 14 June 2018 Researchers found that nine of the oldest 13 baobab trees and five of the six biggest ones have partially or completely perished in the past 12 years. Rory Smith, CNN, "Some of Africa's oldest and biggest baobob trees have died," 12 June 2018 The rest are expected to make their own contributions, either fully or partially. Vrishti Beniwal,, "Modi Bets on Election Gains With Welfare Plan for 500 Million Indians," 5 June 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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