Definition of partial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːʃl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrʃl//
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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 somebody/something very much I'm not partial to mushrooms.
  3. 3[not usually before noun] partial (towards 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
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in sense (3)): from Old French parcial (sense (3)), French partiel (sense (1)), from late Latin partialis, from pars, part- ‘part’.Extra examples He’s very partial to ice cream. His efforts met with only partial success. I’m especially partial to the Latin American music. The information we have is inevitably partial. The resulting assessment is necessarily partial and subjective. Astronomers are gathering in mid Wales to watch a partial eclipse of the sun. Our success was only partial. They received partial compensation of £5 000. a partial answer/​explanation/​indicator/​solution a partial ban/​blockade/​closure/​withdrawal partial compensation/​exemption/​fulfilment/​relaxation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: partial