(noun, adjective)


1. being or affecting only a part; not total

- a partial description of the suspect

- partial collapse

- a partial eclipse

Similar word(s): incomplete, uncomplete

2. biased in favor of a person, side, or point of view, especially when dealing with a competition or dispute.

Similar word(s): unfair, unjust, biased, colored, coloured, slanted

3. (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for

- partial to horror movies

Similar word(s): inclined, fond

Sentences with partial as an adjective:

- So far, I have only pieced together a partial account of the incident.

- It's easy to prove partial correctness, but it's not obvious that it is also totally correct.

- The referee is blatantly partial!


1. the derivative of a function of two or more variables with respect to a single variable while the other variables are considered to be constant

Definition categories: thought, derivative, differential

2. a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency

Similar word(s): overtone

Definition categories: thought, harmonic