partial

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Etymology[edit]

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

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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.
    The referee is blatantly partial!
    • Alexander Pope
      a partial parent
  4. Having a predilection for something.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      not partial to an ostentatious display

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Noun[edit]

partial (plural partials)

  1. (mathematics) A partial derivative: a derivative with respect to one independent variable of a function in multiple variables.
  2. (music) An overtone or harmonic.
  3. (dentistry) dentures that replace only some of the natural teeth

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Adjective[edit]

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

  1. partial, biased