What does it mean if someone is "partial" to something??



Like "Im partial to....."

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    it means he or she is inclined to or prefers something more:

    "I am partial to apple pies" means that he/she likes apple pies.

    when referring to people or ideas, "partial" can take a negative connotation, meaning you are biased for something:

    "The judge was obviously partial to the defendant."

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Interesting question. How does a word that means "a portion of the whole" ALSO mean "a favorable bias towards one side."

    I've said it before, English makes no sense whatsoever.

    par·tial (pärshl)


    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.


    1. Music See harmonic.

    2. Mathematics A partial derivative.

  • 1 decade ago

    Partial has the meaning of bias - as in Political. But in everyday parlance it simply means that one likes something.

  • 5 years ago

    it means you are gay

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