being such in part only; not total or general; incomplete: partial blindness; a partial payment of a debt.
biased or prejudiced in favor of a person, group, side, etc., over another, as in a controversy: a partial witness.
pertaining to or affecting a part.
being a part; component; constituent.
Botany. secondary or subordinate: a partial umbel.
Bridge. part-score.
Acoustics, Music. partial tone.
partial to, having a liking or preference for; particularly fond of: I'm partial to chocolate cake.

1375–1425; late Middle English parcial biased, particular < Middle French < Late Latin partiālis pertaining to a part, equivalent to Latin parti- (stem of pars) part + -ālis -al1

partially, adverb
partialness, noun
nonpartial, adjective
nonpartially, adverb
overpartial, adjective
overpartially, adverb
overpartialness, noun

partially, partly.

1. unfinished, imperfect, limited. 2. one-sided, unfair, unjust.

1, 3. complete. 2. unbiased, fair. Unabridged
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partial (ˈpɑːʃəl)
adj (foll by to)
1.  relating to only a part; not general or complete: a partial eclipse
2.  biased: a partial judge
3.  having a particular liking (for)
4.  botany
 a.  constituting part of a larger structure: a partial umbel
 b.  used for only part of the life cycle of a plant: a partial habitat
 c.  (of a parasite) not exclusively parasitic
5.  maths designating or relating to an operation in which only one of a set of independent variables is considered at a time
6.  music, acoustics Also called: partial tone any of the component tones of a single musical sound, including both those that belong to the harmonic series of the sound and those that do not
7.  maths a partial derivative
[C15: from Old French parcial, from Late Latin partiālis incomplete, from Latin parspart]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "one-sided, biased," from O.Fr. parcial (14c.), from M.L. partialis "divisible, solitary, partial," from L. pars (gen. partis) "part" (see part (n.)). Sense of "not whole, incomplete" is attested from mid-15c. (implied in partially "incompletely").
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Example sentences
Partial knee replacement surgery involves removing damaged cartilage and bone
  in the knee joint.
Students submit partial solutions for partial credit.
People near it see a partial solar eclipse in which not all of the sun is
  blotted out.
The remains include two partial skeletons, one of which preserves a largely
  complete skull, shown here.
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