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partiality

[pahr-shee-al-i-tee, pahr-shal-] /ˌpɑr ʃiˈæl ɪ ti, pɑrˈʃæl-/
noun, plural partialities.
1.
the state or character of being partial.
2.
a favorable bias or prejudice:
the partiality of parents for their own children.
3.
a special fondness, preference, or liking (usually followed by to or for):
a partiality for country living.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English parcialite < Medieval Latin partiālitās. See partial, -ity
Related forms
nonpartiality, noun, plural nonpartialities.
overpartiality, noun
Synonyms
2. favoritism. 3. leaning, inclination, bent, predilection.
Antonyms
3. dislike.
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Examples from the web for partiality
  • Impartiality is achieved by admitting to the narrative several different forms of partiality.
  • He also shows a special partiality for night scenes.
  • And her partiality is such, that she actually thinks him so.
  • Texts and images are presented as fragments, to expose the inherent partiality of our knowledge.
  • It cannot help leading to partiality in deductions from facts and more especially in the choice of facts for investigation.
  • It must remain fair, objective and free from bias or partiality.
  • The committee's second concern is the appearance of partiality.
  • Therefore, the regulation does not establish any partiality for a particular type of bank over another.
  • Thus where there is an appearance of partiality to a reasonable observer, disqualification is necessary.
British Dictionary definitions for partiality

partiality

/ˌpɑːʃɪˈælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
favourable prejudice or bias
2.
(usually foll by for) liking or fondness
3.
the state or condition of being partial
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Word Origin and History for partiality
n.

"one-sidedness," early 15c., from Middle French parcialité, from Medieval Latin partialitatem (nominative partialitas), from partialis (see partial).

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