Adjective "partial" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Existing only in part; incomplete.
  1. 'Quantitative measurement is necessarily, by its very nature, partial and incomplete.'
  2. 'It should be thought of as a partial or incomplete dislocation.'
  3. 'Rummaging around the internet has provided a partial answer.'
  4. 'In such cases, the children sometimes got partial answers or intuited something of their situations on their own.'
  5. 'Buildings partially vacated may also qualify for a partial reduction in payments.'
  6. 'Finding at least partial answers to questions about suffering and death brings satisfaction, if not certainty.'
  7. 'I think that a partial answer to your question is that we're in a much more modern secular period here, post-1945.'
  8. 'The project essentially entailed a partial renewal of the existing line with some shortcut additions.'
  9. 'This is a very partial list, restricted to US sins and crimes in the Western Hemisphere.'
  10. 'I suspect that this may be a partial answer, but the major problem is that there is too much fishing available to match anglers these days.'
Favouring one side in a dispute above the other; biased.
  1. 'As partial academics they are unable to sponsor, promote or foster academic excellence.'
  2. 'It's about separating yourself and your ideas from everyone else's partial biases.'
  3. 'I'm not an expert and I can't say for sure, but I think the UN weapons inspectors took a partial view of biological warfare.'
  4. 'The difficulty, as ever, is that it inevitably encompasses a very partial and contradictory world view.'
  5. 'Death doesn't seem to have any favourites; only humans have a partial view.'
  6. 'Such a perspective would be as partial as the view that the American Revolution was a fight between natives and aliens.'
Having a liking for.
  1. 'He'd always been more partial to Eliana, but Evangeline was his daughter nonetheless.'
  2. 'The wife of a colleague was known to be partial to bacon and banana.'
  3. 'You know, I'm very partial to what you are saying here.'
  4. 'But since Sophia is partial to dark colours herself, he'll probably never know.'
  5. 'On another note, I have always been more partial to his poetry than his criticism.'


A component of a musical sound; an overtone or harmonic.
  1. 'Bass players in these bands often play with picks, which also emphasizes higher partials.'
  2. 'At once the problem arises that the human voice is composed of many tones: the fundamental tone and a series of other tones called upper harmonics or partials.'
  3. 'One unusual aspect of this music is that the rich upper partials of the voices bring out the simple harmonies of the hymns in a way not normally heard.'


1. being such in part only; not total or general; incomplete: partial blindness; a partial payment of a debt.

2. biased or prejudiced in favor of a person, group, side, etc., over another, as in a controversy: a partial witness.

3. pertaining to or affecting a part.

4. being a part; component; constituent.

5. Botany. secondary or subordinate: a partial umbel. noun

6. Bridge. part-score.

7. Acoustics, Music. partial tone. Idioms

8. partial to, having a liking or p

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be partial to people."

"people can be partial to whips."

"people can be partial to sandwiches."

"people can be partial to bones."

"troops can be partial to vodkas."

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Late Middle English (in partial (sense 2 of the adjective)): from Old French parcial ( partial (sense 2 of the adjective)), French partiel ( partial (sense 1 of the adjective)), from late Latin partialis, from pars, part- ‘part’.