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par·tial  audio  (pärshl) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. 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.
  2. Favoring one person or side over another or others; biased or prejudiced: a decision that was partial to the plaintiff.
  3. Having a particular liking or fondness for something or someone: partial to spicy food.
  4. 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.
NOUN:
  1. Music See harmonic.
  2. Mathematics A partial derivative.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English parcial, from Old French, from Late Latin partilis, from Latin pars, part-, part ; see part

OTHER FORMS:
partial·ness(Noun)


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