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Definition of partial adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1not complete or whole It was only a partial solution to the problem. a partial eclipse of the sun
  2. 2[not before noun] partial to somebody/something (old-fashioned) liking someone or something very much I'm not partial to mushrooms.
  3. 3[not usually before noun] partial (toward somebody/something) (disapproving) showing or feeling too much support for one person, team, idea, etc., in a way that is unfair synonym biased opposite impartial
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