Partiality is the habit of favoring something — taking its part. If your parents always seem to let your little sister off the hook while you get grounded, you could accuse them of partiality in their parenting. They favor your sister over you.

Partiality is like bias. It means that your favorite person, type of food, or way of operating tends to get priority when you’re making up your mind. A synonym for partiality is favoritism. For this reason, anyone who’s not directly benefiting from your partiality will not appreciate it. It’s unfair!

Definitions of partiality
  1. noun
    an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
    synonyms: partisanship
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    impartiality, nonpartisanship
    an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
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    anthropocentricity, anthropocentrism
    an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values
    belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group
    belief in the preeminence of Europe and the Europeans
    bias, preconception, prejudice
    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
    a slight but noticeable partiality
    localism, provincialism, sectionalism
    a partiality for some particular place
    partiality that is not fair or equitable
    taboo, tabu
    a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
    irrational hostility
    extreme prejudice
    experimenter bias
    (psychology) bias introduced by an experimenter whose expectations about the outcome of the experiment can be subtly communicated to the participants in the experiment
    prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality
    prejudice against Muslims
    the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races
    an intentional and controversial bias
    type of:
    disposition, inclination, tendency
    an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
  2. noun
    a predisposition to like something
    synonyms: fancy, fondness
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    type of:
    a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
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