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From Old French parcial (biased or particular), from Late Latin partiālis (of or pertaining to a part), from Latin pars (part).



partial (comparative more partial, superlative most partial)

  1. Existing as a part or portion; incomplete.
    So far, I have only pieced together a partial account of the incident.
  2. (computer science) Describing a property that holds only when an algorithm terminates.
    It's easy to prove partial correctness, but it's not obvious that it is also totally correct.
  3. Biased in favor of a person, side, or point of view, especially when dealing with a competition or dispute.
    Antonym: impartial
    The referee is blatantly partial!
    • Alexander Pope
      a partial parent
  4. (followed by the preposition to) Having a predilection for something.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      not partial to an ostentatious display
    • 1817, Jane Austen, chapter 6, in Pride and Prejudice, page 32:
      “But if a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.”
    Synonym: fond of
  5. (mathematics) Of or relating to a partial derivative or partial differential.

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partial (plural partials)

  1. (mathematics) A partial derivative: a derivative with respect to one independent variable of a function in multiple variables while holding the other variables constant.
  2. (music) Any of the sine waves which make up a complex tone; often an overtone or harmonic of the fundamental.
  3. (dentistry) dentures that replace only some of the natural teeth
  4. (forensics) An incomplete fingerprint
  5. (programming, Internet) A fragment of a template containing markup.
    • 2009, Antonio Cangiano, Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers (page 356)
      In fact, as seen in Chapters 5 and 6, the resulting document is usually the product of rendering a layout, which yields the rendering of the template at hand, which in turn can invoke the rendering of other templates and/or one or more partials.


partial (third-person singular simple present partials, present participle partialing or partialling, simple past and past participle partialed or partialled)

  1. (statistics, transitive) To take the partial regression coefficient.

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Doublet of partiel.


partial (feminine singular partiale, masculine plural partiaux, feminine plural partiales)

  1. partial, biased

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