Definition of partiality in English:


Line breaks: par¦ti¦al|ity
Pronunciation: /pɑːʃɪˈalɪti


  • 1 [mass noun] Unfair bias in favour of one person or thing; favouritism: an attack on the partiality of judges
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    • 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.


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

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