l) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Of, relating to, being, or affecting only a part; not total; incomplete: The plan calls for partial deployment of missiles. The police have only a partial description of the suspect.
- Favoring one person or side over another or others; biased or prejudiced: a decision that was partial to the plaintiff.
- Having a particular liking or fondness for something or someone: partial to spicy food.
- Mathematics Of or being operations or sequences of operations, such as differentiation and integration, when applied to only one of several variables at a time.
- Music See harmonic.
- Mathematics A partial derivative.
Middle English parcial
, from Old French, from Late Latin partilis
, from Latin pars, part-
; see partOTHER FORMS:partial·ness(Noun)