# Definition:Partial Function

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## Definition

Let $S \subset \N^k$.

Let $f: S \to \N$ be a function.

Suppose that $\forall x \in \N^k \setminus S$, $f$ is undefined at $x$.

Then $f$ is known as a **partial function from $\N^k$ to $\N$**.

Thus we can specify a function that has values for some, but not all, elements of $\N$.

It can be seen that the definition of a **partial function** as given here is compatible with that of a **partial mapping**.