Definitions of partial

  1. ( followed by ` of' or ` to') having a strong preference or liking for; " fond of chocolate"; " partial to horror movies"
  2. a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency
  3. showing favoritism
  4. being or affecting only a part; not total; " a partial description of the suspect"; " partial collapse"; " a partial eclipse"; " a partial monopoly"; " partial immunity"
  5. 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
  6. Of, pertaining to, or affecting, a part only; not general or universal; not total or entire; as, a partial eclipse of the moon.
  7. 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.
  8. Having a predelection for; inclined to favor unreasonably; foolishly fond.
  9. 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.
  10. Inclined to favor one side or party; colloquially, having a liking ( for); as, she is partial to candy; incomplete.
  11. Partially.
  12. Incomplete, consisting of a part only.
  13. Relating to a part only: not total or entire: inclined to favor one party: having a preference: ( bot.) subordinate.
  14. Partiality.
  15. Relating to a part; not total; inclined to favor one party.
  16. Pertaining to a part only; favoring one side; prejudiced; unfair.
  17. Biassed in favour of one party or side; inclined to favour without reason; affecting a part only; subordinate.
  18. 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. Now, shooting is an amusement I was never particularly partial to. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  2. This in turn was repeated until it brought partial remedy and total weariness of the agitation. – An American at Oxford by John Corbin
  3. " The Happy- Go- Luckys are partial to tissue- paper," Mr. Dawson said, smilingly. – Peggy-Alone by Mary Agnes Byrne
  4. Joanna Godden always was partial to stout- looking men. – Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith
  5. But this is obviously a partial view. – Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers by Alexander Maclaren
  6. I must not be made to appear, what I am not, partial in my dealings. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  7. 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
  8. But such a conception is only partial – The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans Wentz
  9. 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
  10. But you know parents are apt to be a little partial and over fond. – Ten Nights in a Bar Room by T. S. Arthur
  11. He expressed almost incredulous disappointment that Lockley couldn't give even a partial description of the creatures. – Operation Terror by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. But this partial success one year does very often prove a decided loss in the long run, for the reason that it often happens three times the amount realized from this crop will be spent in the attempt to raise another just like it, with the determination not to give up. – The Cauliflower by A. A. Crozier
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. But mere assent to external authority can never achieve more than partial success. – Men, Women, and God by A. Herbert Gray
  18. 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
  19. In my opinion the result will be not partial but universal, though not immediate. – The Empire of the East by H. B. Montgomery
  20. 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