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English definition of “partial”


adjective [usually before noun]     /ˈpɑːʃəl/
not complete : There has been a partial restructuring of our HR department . Partial funding is available for overseas delegates to the conference .
(Definition of partial adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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