partial

partial (adj.) early 15c., "one-sided, biased," from O.Fr. parcial (14c.), from M.L. partialis "divisible, solitary, partial," from L. pars (gen. partis) "part" (see PART (Cf. part) (n.)). Sense of "not whole, incomplete" is attested from mid-15c. (implied in partially "incompletely").

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  • partial — partial, iale, iaux [ parsjal, jo ] adj. • 1540; parcial « personne attachée à un parti » 1370; lat. médiév. partialis, de pars « 1. part » ♦ Qui prend parti pour ou contre qqn ou qqch., sans souci de justice ni de vérité, qui a du parti pris. «… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • partial — par tial (p[aum]r shal), a. [F., fr. LL. partials, fr. L. pars, gen. partis, a part; cf. (for sense 1) F. partiel. See {Part}, n.] 1. Of, pertaining to, or affecting, a part only; not general or universal; not total or entire; as, a partial… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • partial — I (biased) adjective bigoted, cupidus, discriminatory, favorably disposed, inclined, influenced, iniquus, interested, jaundiced, narrow minded, one sided, partisan, predisposed, prejudiced, prepossessed, prone, restricted, studiosus, subjective,… …   Law dictionary

  • partial — partial, ale (par si al, a l ) adj. 1°   Qui s attache à un parti (sens inusité aujourd hui). •   Ce tyran [Aristippe d Argos] étant tombé sur lui [Aratus], ceux d Argos, comme si ce n eût pas été pour leur liberté qu Aratus eût combattu.... se… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Partial — may refer to:*partial derivative, in mathematics *partial function, in mathematics *partial algorithm, in computer science *part score, in contract bridge *partial wave, in acoustics …   Wikipedia

  • partial — [pär′shəl] adj. [ME parcial < MFr partial < LL partialis < L pars,PART1] 1. favoring one person, faction, etc. more than another; biased; prejudiced 2. of, being, or affecting only a part; not complete or total n. 1. PARTIAL TONE …   English World dictionary

  • partial to — liking something or someone very much and usually more than other things or people I like all the food here, but I m particularly partial to the fried chicken. She says she s partial to tall men with dark hair. I m not partial to red wine. [=I d …   Useful english dictionary

  • partial — Partial, [parti]ale. adj. Qui se declare pour les interests d une personne, par preference à une autre. Vous n estes pas croyable, vous estes partial. il est trop partial …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • partial — [adj1] incomplete fractional, fragmentary, half done, halfway, imperfect, limited, part, sectional, uncompleted, unfinished, unperformed; concept 531 Ant. complete, entire, total, whole partial [adj2] biased, prejudiced colored, discriminatory,… …   New thesaurus

  • partial — ► ADJECTIVE 1) existing only in part; incomplete. 2) favouring one side in a dispute above the other; biased. 3) (partial to) having a liking for. DERIVATIVES partiality noun partially adverb …   English terms dictionary

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