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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To partially
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
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").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
They may linger near a dead body for days and partially bury it.
With it wore destroyed two large storehouses, and a smaller building used for
  storage purposes was partially ruined.
It only partially makes up for the flubbed question, but sometimes partial
  credit is better than none.
Of late, though, the villain has been partially rehabilitated.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature