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partiality

noun

  1. (liking)  a predisposition to like something
    Synonyms: fancy, fondness. Type of: liking
  2. (inclination)  an inclination to favor one group, view, or opinion over alternatives
    Synonyms: partisanship. Type of: inclination

Etymology summary

late Middle English: from Old French parcialite, from medieval Latin...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

partiality | partialities [plural]

favourable prejudice or bias | [usually followed by "for"] liking or fondness | the state or condition of being partial (18 of 349 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/partiality

Merriam-Webster:

partiality | partialities [plural] | bias [synonym, sense-specific] | favor [synonym, sense-specific] | nonobjectivity [synonym, sense-specific] | one-sidedness [synonym, sense-specific] | parti pris [synonym, sense-specific] | partisanship [synonym, sense-specific] | ply [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the quality or state of being partial; "bias" | a special taste or liking (13 of 119 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/partiality

Oxford Dictionary:

partiality | favouritism [synonym, sense-specific]

unfair bias in favour of one person or thing; favouritism | a particular liking or fondness for something (17 of 73 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/partiality

Macmillan British Dictionary:

partiality

[uncountable] an unfair attitude that you show when you support one person, group, or opinion more than any others | [singular, outdated] a feeling of ... (24 of 54 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/partiality

Random House Dictionary:

partiality | partialities [plural]

the state or character of being partial. | a favorable bias or prejudice. | a special fondness, preference, or liking (usually followed by "to" or ... (23 of 48 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/partiality

American Heritage Dictionary:

partiality | partialities [plural]

The state of being partial. | Favorable prejudice or bias. | A special fondness; a predilection (14 of 29 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/partiality

Cambridge Dictionary:

partiality [entry 1]

unfair preference for or approval of something Opposite: impartiality (9 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/partiality 1

partiality [entry 2, old-fashioned or formal]

a liking (2 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/partiality 2

New World Dictionary:

partiality

the state or quality of being partial; tendency to favor unfairly; bias | particular fondness or liking (16 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/partiality

Wiktionary:

partiality | partialities [plural]

Preference, bias in favor of, tendency. (6 of 7 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/partiality

Encarta Dictionary:

partiality

a liking for something | an unfair preference for one person or thing over another (14 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723956​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

partiality

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French parcialite, from medieval Latin partialitas, based on Latin pars, part- "part"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/partiality

Online Etymology:

partiality

First use: early 15th century

Origin: "one-sidedness", from Middle French parcialité, from Medieval Latin partialitatem (nominative partialitas), from partialis.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=partiality

New World Dictionary:

partiality

Origin: Middle English parcialitee from Middle French partialité

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/partiality

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

partiality | partialities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "partiality"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/partiality

Macmillan British Dictionary:

partiality

Audio: British English pronunciation of "partiality"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/partiality

Macmillan American Dictionary:

partiality

Audio: North American pronunciation of "partiality"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/partiality

Cambridge Dictionary:

partiality [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "partiality"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "partiality"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/partiality 1

the Free Dictionary:

partiality

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "partiality"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "partiality"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "partiality" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/partiality

Google Dictionary:

partiality | partialities [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "partiality"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

partiality

Audio: North American pronunciation of "partiality"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=partia​02 word=partiality

YourDictionary Audio:

partiality

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "partiality" by speech synthesizer

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