Using bind for partial application without affecting the receiver

If I want to partially apply a function I can use bind, but it seems I have to affect the receiver of the function (the first argument to bind). Is this correct?

I want to perform partial application using bind without affecting the receiver.

myFunction.bind(iDontWantThis, arg1); // I dont want to affect the receiver



partial application using bind without affecting the receiver

That's not possible. bind was explicitly designed to partially apply the "zeroth argument" - the this value, and optionally more arguments. If you only want to fix the first (and potentially more) parameters of your function, but leave this unbound, you'll need to use a different function:

Function.prototype.partial = function() {
    if (arguments.length == 0)
        return this;
    var fn = this,
        args =;
    return function() {
        return fn.apply(this, args.concat(;

Of course, such a function is also available in many libraries, e.g. Underscore, Lodash, Ramda etc. There is no native equivalent however.


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