partly; not completely The road was partially blocked by a fallen tree. a society for the blind and partially sighted (= people who can see very little). It’s only partially true. Which Word?partly / partially Partly and partially both mean ‘not completely’:The road is partly/partially finished. Partly is especially used to talk about the reason for something, often followed by because or due to:I didn’t enjoy the trip very much, partly because of the weather. Partially should be used when you are talking about physical conditions:His mother is partially blind.Extra examples It’s a partially enclosed bay where fresh and salt water mix. Machines replaced, at least partially, the skills of human workers. Many of the images are partially hidden by captions. She teaches blind and partially sighted children. The accident left her partially blind/deaf/disabled. The plan was only partially successful. The road is partly/partially finished. The statement is only partially true. This trend was partially because of increased efficiency. When partially cooked, pasta has a slightly transparent look.