Meaning of PARTIAL in English


— partially , adv. — partialness , n.

/pahr"sheuhl/ , adj.

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. Bot. secondary or subordinate: a partial umbel.

6. partial to , having a liking or preference for; particularly fond of: I'm partial to chocolate cake.


7. Bridge. part-score.

8. Acoustics , Music. See partial tone .

[ 1375-1425; late ME parcial biased, particular partialis pertaining to a part, equiv. to L parti- (s. of pars ) PART + -alis -AL 1 ]

Syn. 1. unfinished, imperfect, limited. 2. one-sided, unfair, unjust.

Ant. 1, 3. complete. 2. unbiased, fair.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .