- having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire; full: a complete set of Mark Twain's writings.
- finished; ended; concluded: a complete orbit.
- having all the required or customary characteristics, skills, or the like; consummate; perfect in kind or quality: a complete scholar.
- thorough; entire; total; undivided, uncompromised, or unmodified: a complete victory; a complete mess.
- Grammar. having all modifying or complementary elements included: The complete subject of “The dappled pony gazed over the fence” is “The dappled pony.”Compare simple(def 20).
- Also completed. Football. (of a forward pass) caught by a receiver.
- Logic. (of a set of axioms) such that every true proposition able to be formulated in terms of the basic ideas of a given system is deducible from the set.Compare incomplete(def 4b).
- Engineering. noting a determinate truss having the least number of members required to connect the panel points so as to form a system of triangles.Compare incomplete(def 3), redundant(def 5c).
- (of persons) accomplished; skilled; expert.
- of or relating to an algebraic system, as a field with an order relation defined on it, in which every set of elements of the system has a least upper bound.
- of or relating to a set in which every fundamental sequence converges to an element of the set.Compare fundamental sequence.
- (of a lattice) having the property that every subset has a least upper bound and a greatest lower bound.
- to make whole or entire: I need three more words to complete the puzzle.
- to make perfect: His parting look of impotent rage completed my revenge.
- to bring to an end; finish: Has he completed his new novel yet?
- to consummate.
- Football. to execute (a forward pass) successfully: He completed 17 passes in 33 attempts.
Origin of complete
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1. unbroken, unimpaired, undivided. 3. developed. 11. conclude, consummate, perfect, accomplish, achieve.
1–3. Complete, entire, intact, perfect imply that there is no lack or defect, nor has any part been removed. Complete implies that a certain unit has all its parts, fully developed or perfected, and may apply to a process or purpose carried to fulfillment: a complete explanation. Entire means whole, having unbroken unity: an entire book. Intact implies retaining completeness and original condition: a package delivered intact. Perfect emphasizes not only completeness but also high quality and absence of defects or blemishes: a perfect diamond.
1. partial. 3. defective.
Occasionally there are objections to modifying complete with qualifiers like almost, more, most, nearly, and quite, because they suggest that complete is relative rather than absolute: an almost complete record; a more complete proposal; the most complete list available. However, such uses are fully standard and occur regularly in all varieties of spoken and written English. See also perfect, unique.
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Examples from the Web for completeness
Round and round in circles, no loose ends left over, and it all made for a comforting sense of completeness.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
For completeness, one must also consider the large group of people—the hay-fever crowd—who are allergic to mold.Hurricane Sandy Won’t Bring a Mold Epidemic
November 4, 2012
All depends on the completeness and constancy with which the make-believe is supported.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
The intensity of his emotions arose only from the completeness with which he believed it.Bunyan</p>
James Anthony Froude
There can be no truth or completeness in any study of the mind which is confined to the individual.Theaetetus
The want of completeness in the Laws becomes more apparent in the later books.Laws
And even as I said it I realized the completeness of the back-down, realized it and blushed.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
- having every necessary part or element; entire
- ended; finished
- (prenominal) thorough; absolutehe is a complete rogue
- perfect in quality or kindhe is a complete scholar
- (of a logical system) constituted such that a contradiction arises on the addition of any proposition that cannot be deduced from the axioms of the systemCompare consistent (def. 5)
- (of flowers) having sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels
- archaic expert or skilled; accomplished
- to make whole or perfect
- to end; finish
- (in land law) to pay any outstanding balance on a contract for the conveyance of land in exchange for the title deeds, so that the ownership of the land changes hands
- American football (of a quarterback) to make a forward pass successfully
C14: from Latin complētus, past participle of complēre to fill up; see complement
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Word Origin and History for completeness
late 14c.; see complete (adj.). Related: Completed; completing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper