par·​tial·​ly ˈpär-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce partially (audio)
: to some extent : in some degree
was only partially successful
The building was partially destroyed in the fire.
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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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“Partially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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