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  • 1Unfair bias in favor of one thing or person compared with another; favoritism.

    ‘an attack on the partiality of judges’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The original selection of judges by what was widely viewed as a wing of the occupation exposes the tribunal to allegations of bias and partiality, as have issues regarding access and transparency for defendants and others.’
    • ‘Of course, the Government is utterly indifferent to the problem of apparent bias or apparent partiality in a court.’
    • ‘The appearance of bias and partiality cast a shadow over the credibility of the articles.’
    • ‘In showing how wrong the Americans were in their partiality towards the Soviet Union, Mr Dallas provides a relentless analysis of the murderous totalitarianism of the Soviet state.’
    • ‘The cultivation of this universal goodwill frees the mind from partiality and prejudice, and the meditator begins to act towards others with kindness and without discrimination.’
    • ‘And the way the law works if there's any appearance of partiality, the judge is obligated to recuse himself, and he did.’
    • ‘It may well be that, had this matter been handled differently, the suspicion that the appellants now undoubtedly hold of the judge's partiality would never have arisen.’
    • ‘Another suggestion is that the full barring application - with evidence from both sides - should be heard by a different judge from the initial ex parte application to avoid any perception of partiality or prejudgment.’
    • ‘We will draw the conclusions that are required and endure the consequences as the Word of God instructs us, without prejudice and without partiality.’
    • ‘But is every judgment that the one tradition renders upon the other attributable to prejudice and partiality of vision?’
    • ‘The system, if it be so described, did not exclude the possibility of partiality and prejudice, and the playing field on which pupils competed was not always level.’
    • ‘If we aimed for equality only to avoid the taint of partiality or discrimination, there would be no case for correcting the result.’
    • ‘Your bias is transparent and your partiality is complete.’
    • ‘His imagination had to unlearn its intense partiality and localism; his tutor apparently assumed that already as young children we have learned narrow sectarian types of loyalty.’
    • ‘The justification of partiality is that these people don't deserve fair treatment.’
    • ‘The fact that, in the course of a five hour deliberation, Mrs. Smith expressed strong views in favour of a recommendation of dismissal is not indicative of partiality.’
    • ‘The book is partial, but its partiality comes with a well-measured increment of historical judgment about the conceptual and experimental developments in the life sciences during the course of the 20th century.’
    bias, prejudice, favouritism, favour, partisanship, unfair preference, discrimination, unjustness, unfairness, inequity
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    1. 1.1A particular liking or fondness for something.
      ‘she spoke openly, not concealing her partiality for him’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Learning to play the instrument that is a poet's voice is learning about the tolerances and partialities of a poet's ear.’
      • ‘It was here in June '99 where they met Tim Youngson and Tyson Kennedy, also longtime friends who shared a mutual partiality for rocking out.’
      • ‘Everything from pink (Ms. President's favourite colour) to parrot green (the secretary's wife has a partiality for it) are discussed and discarded.’
      • ‘The Swadeshi Eco-shop looks set to become the one-stop shop for those who have a partiality for village-industry products, ‘natural’ goods unadulterated in any manner.’
      • ‘Perhaps the '70s band that had the biggest effect on me, ELO instilled in me a partiality for melody that has never subsided.’
      • ‘Normal restaurants do not refuse to serve you if you have a partiality for a meat-free meal.’
      • ‘Gangs of youths sauntered along, yelling randomly at other pedestrians and dressed in peculiarly dandified clothes contrasting with a partiality for working-man's boots.’
      • ‘Indeed, he seemed to have a special partiality for Clara, slipping her a sweet when the grown-ups weren't looking with a mysterious wink out of his lone eye.’
      • ‘As critic and editor, Stephens showed a partiality for minor lyricists, like Daley and Quinn, and allowed personal feelings to cloud his judgment on occasions.’
      • ‘In those days, I remember developing a partiality for coffee with milk.’
      • ‘It would seem that the peroxide has addled your brain - and well it must when you consider that these same beauties' partiality for the St Tropez shimmer has kept pace with the fashion for follicles.’
      • ‘Scholars showed their partiality for particular writing brushes and gave useful suggestions to brush-makers on how to improve their skills in making them.’
      • ‘If you have an extraordinary partiality to language, you spend a disproportionate share of your time looking for the right word.’
      • ‘I did not share my father's partiality for German poetry.’
      • ‘Indeed that and her partiality for gin had played a part in her great popularity.’
      • ‘Thus, I would probably end up in Internal Medicine, which I don't have much partiality towards.’
      • ‘To say Gaudi was the architect of the century, however, reveals my partiality towards artistic and symbolic architecture, values that other critics, such as Ken Frampton, do not necessarily share.’
      liking, love, fondness, taste, weakness, soft spot, keenness, inclination, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, penchant, fancy, relish, passion
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/ˌpärSHēˈalədē/ /ˌpɑrʃiˈælədi/


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