Definitions of partial

  1. a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency
  2. showing favoritism
  3. being or affecting only a part; not total; " a partial description of the suspect"; " partial collapse"; " a partial eclipse"; " a partial monopoly"; " partial immunity"
  4. the derivative of a function of two or more variables with respect to a single variable while the other variables are considered to be constant
  5. Of, pertaining to, or affecting, a part only; not general or universal; not total or entire; as, a partial eclipse of the moon.
  6. Inclined to favor one party in a cause, or one side of a question, more then the other; baised; not indifferent; as, a judge should not be partial.
  7. Having a predelection for; inclined to favor unreasonably; foolishly fond.
  8. Pertaining to a subordinate portion; as, a compound umbel is made up of a several partial umbels; a leaflet is often supported by a partial petiole.
  9. Inclined to favor one side or party; colloquially, having a liking ( for); as, she is partial to candy; incomplete.
  10. Partially.
  11. Relating to a part only: not total or entire: inclined to favor one party: having a preference: ( bot.) subordinate.
  12. Relating to a part; not total; inclined to favor one party.
  13. Pertaining to a part only; favoring one side; prejudiced; unfair.
  14. Biassed in favour of one party or side; inclined to favour without reason; affecting a part only; subordinate.
  15. Inclined to favour one party in a cause, or one side of a question, more than another, irrespective of principle or justice; unduly biassed or prejudiced; not general or universal; in familiar language, inclined more strongly towards one thing than another; in bot., applied to a subordinate part in some general arrangement.

Usage examples for partial

  1. But this is obviously a partial view. – Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers by Alexander Maclaren
  2. But you know parents are apt to be a little partial and over fond. – Ten Nights in a Bar Room by T. S. Arthur
  3. Joanna Godden always was partial to stout- looking men. – Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith
  4. Now, shooting is an amusement I was never particularly partial to. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  5. This in turn was repeated until it brought partial remedy and total weariness of the agitation. – An American at Oxford by John Corbin
  6. As they are going out of the door, a thought strikes one of them whereby they can make partial amends. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  7. In my opinion the result will be not partial, but universal, though not immediate. – The Empire of the East by H. B. Montgomery
  8. " The Happy- Go- Luckys are partial to tissue- paper," Mr. Dawson said, smilingly. – Peggy-Alone by Mary Agnes Byrne
  9. This was only a partial payment of this company's debt, which evidently was considerably in excess of this amount. – Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592 by Arthur Acheson
  10. But mere assent to external authority can never achieve more than partial success. – Men, Women, and God by A. Herbert Gray
  11. Some one was bound to get it sooner or later, and I'm partial to the ladies, every time." – Prudence of the Parsonage by Ethel Hueston
  12. It was a partial admission that he was the man they wanted, but not certain enough for a decision. – The Man Who Staked the Stars by Charles Dye
  13. He expressed almost incredulous disappointment that Lockley couldn't give even a partial description of the creatures. – Operation Terror by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  14. I told her, with a grin, I believed the old lady was rather partial to me. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  15. No, we readily grant that the religious approach to the whole truth and to final reality is like any other one, either scientific, economic, political, a partial approach. – Preaching and Paganism by Albert Parker Fitch
  16. I must not be made to appear, what I am not, partial in my dealings. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  17. Was it not in fact the partial escape from this " worst" in which she was steeped to be able to make herself out again as agreeable to see? – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  18. I am sure you would prove yourself fit for the situation; and I cannot say that I am very partial to the one that I have at present; but he is a relation of the owner." – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat