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

n an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives

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

n a predisposition to like something

fancy, fondness
Type of:
a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment

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