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partial adj
1 being or affecting only a part; not total; "a partial description of the suspect"; "partial collapse"; "a partial eclipse"; "a partial monopoly"; "partial immunity"
2 showing favoritism [syn: unfair] [ant: impartial]
3 (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for; "fond of chocolate"; "partial to horror movies" [syn: fond(p), partial(p)]


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 [syn: partial derivative]
2 a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency [syn: overtone, partial tone]

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  1. Existing as a part or portion; incomplete.
    So far, I have only pieced together a partial account of the incident.
  2. Biased in favor of a person, side, or point of view, especially when dealing with a competition or dispute.
    The referee is blatantly partial!

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existing in part

Extensive Definition

Partial may refer to:
partial in French: Partiel

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