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Meaning of in partial fulfillment

  1. Nov 8, 2012 #1
    Meaning of "in partial fulfillment"

    In a thesis one often finds this sentence:
    "A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of... ", e.g. here:
    http://dmg.caup.washington.edu/pdfs/Thesis.HunterRuthrauff.2012.pdf

    What does "in partial fulfillment" mean, in particular why do they use the word "partial"?
     
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  3. Nov 8, 2012 #2

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    Re: Meaning of "in partial fulfillment"

    Ya gotta go to class, ya gotta do the homework, ya gotta buy the books, ya gotta pay the tuition, etc.
     
  4. Nov 9, 2012 #3
    Re: Meaning of "in partial fulfillment"

    Thanks. To me it sounded as if only parts of the requirements for the thesis have been fulfilled.
     
  5. Nov 9, 2012 #4
    Re: Meaning of "in partial fulfillment"

    Don't know if it was clear from SteamKing's post but it means.. let's say you have to take a class and write a thesis for a degree. If you wrote the thesis, you could said you wrote it in partial fulfillment of the degree meaning that's not the only thing you need to do for said degree.
     
  6. Nov 9, 2012 #5
    Re: Meaning of "in partial fulfillment"

    Thanks denjay!
     
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