Partial Breach Law and Legal Definition

A partial breach of contract is less significant than a material breach. A partial breach gives the aggrieved party a right to damages by a small reduction in payment or other adjustment. Partial breach is a failure to meet a provision in a contract; however, it is so minimal that it does not cause the contract to be cancelled. A contracting party can also justify a breach in a partial breach. For example, if A promises C a furnished apartment for rent, and when C moves in, finds some furnishings missing; then A can lower the rent until he brings the missing furnishings.