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Definition of "partiality" [par•ti•al•i•ty]

  • The state of being partial. (noun)
  • Favorable prejudice or bias. (noun)
  • A special fondness; a predilection: had a partiality for cats. See Synonyms at predilection. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "partiality" in a sentence
  • "This generous assistant was a disbanded officer, of a good family and fair reputation; who, by what we call the partiality of fortune, to avoid censuring the iniquities of the times, wanted even a plain suit of clothes to make a decent appearance at the castle."
  • "Oh give it s rest - your partiality is overcoming your intelligence."
  • "Calvinistic; in partiality for mercy, even to the neglect of justice, he was Socinian; but we may speak of him as at once orthodox and liberal, devout and humanitarian; to whom the kingdom of heaven came without observation, and was not declared in the usual phrases, but whose "CALLING was of God.""