partial, partially, partly

Partial is an adjective with two distinct meanings. The first meaning is "biased," "prejudiced," "showing favoritism," in such a phrase as "to be partial to." The other meaning of partial is "not complete or total"; in this meaning the adverb partially is a synonym of partly. Usually, you should prefer partly to partially unless the meaning is that of limited degree."Jeb has always been partial to blue-eyed girls." "This is a partial payment of what I owe you." "The accident partially blinded him." "His partial knowledge of the subject was due partly to his youth."

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  • partially — partially, partly 1. The meanings of these two words overlap in ways that make it difficult to decide between them in any principled way, although certain patterns in their use can be identified. Partially (15c) is somewhat older than partly… …   Modern English usage

  • partly — partially, partly 1. The meanings of these two words overlap in ways that make it difficult to decide between them in any principled way, although certain patterns in their use can be identified. Partially (15c) is somewhat older than partly… …   Modern English usage

  • partly — Synonyms and related words: after a fashion, appreciably, at any rate, at best, at least, at most, at the least, at the most, at the outside, at worst, comparatively, detectably, fairly, half, halfway, in a manner, in a way, in part, in some… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Partial charge — A partial charge is a charge with an absolute value of less than one elementary charge unit (that is, smaller than the charge of the electron).Partial atomic chargesPartial charges are created due to the asymmetric distribution of electrons in… …   Wikipedia

  • partially — adverb in part; in some degree; not wholly (Freq. 7) I felt partly to blame He was partially paralyzed • Syn: ↑partly, ↑part • Ant: ↑wholly ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • partially — adverb To a partial degree or extent, incompletely. See Also: partly …   Wiktionary

  • part — n 1. portion, division, majority, proportion; department, compartment, branch, group, subgroup, species, family; piece, parcel, fragment, fraction, can tie; section, sector, segment, subdivision, detail, detachment; constituent, component,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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