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P'ARTIAL, adjective [Latin pars.]

1. Biased to one party; inclined to favor one party in a cause, or one side of a question, more than the other; not indifferent. It is important to justice that a judge should not be partial

Self-love will make men partial to themselves and friends.

2. Inclined to favor without reason. Authors are partial to their wit, and critics to their judgment.

3. Affecting a part only; not general or universal; not total. It has been much disputed whether the deluge was partial or total.

All partial evil, universal good.

4. More strongly inclined to one thing than to others. [Colloquial.]

5. In botany, subordinate; applied to subdivisions; as a partial umbel or umbellicle; a partial peduncle. A partial involucre is placed at the foot of a partial umbel.