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partitive British & World English

Denoting a grammatical construction used to indicate that only a part of a whole is referred to, for example a slice of bacon, a series of accidents, some of the children

partitive New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

construction indicating division into parts, as in most of us

partitive genitive British & World English

A genitive used to indicate a whole divided into or regarded in parts, expressed in English by of as in most of us