Share this entry
partiality Syllabification: par·ti·al·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌpärSHēˈalədē/

Definition of partiality in English:


1Unfair bias in favor of one thing or person compared with another; favoritism: an attack on the partiality of judges
More example sentences
  • Would your ability to judge the evidence in this case without bias, prejudice or partiality be affected by the fact that the deceased victim is an Aboriginal person and the person charged with the crime is not?
  • Fourth, public access to criminal proceedings serves as a check on corrupt practices by exposing the judicial process to public scrutiny, thus discouraging decisions based on secret bias or partiality.
  • The fact that we were dealing with professionals, including RNs, physicians, architects, and designers, did not mean that their behaviors were without bias or partiality.
1.1A particular liking or fondness for something: she spoke openly, not concealing her partiality for him
More example sentences
  • There is the post-modernist breaking down of the system, there are no page numbers in the volume, no numbers for the poems: showcasing the fact that with emotions there cannot be preferences or partialities.
  • On the way we exchanged philosophies of cricket and a few personal partialities.
  • He was a consummate stylist, but personal partialities made him an erratic judge of others.
liking, love, fondness, taste, soft spot, predilection, penchant, passion


Late Middle English: from Old French parcialite, from medieval Latin partialitas, based on Latin pars, part- 'part'.

Definition of partiality in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words