- consisting of or reduced to fragments; broken; disconnected; incomplete: fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains.
Origin of fragmentary
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Examples from the Web for fragmentary
The Lotus and the Storm turns out to be a grand, haunted melodrama with elements of camp, delivered in fragmentary reveries.A Different Kind of Vietnam Story
October 9, 2014
Literature has been in a plundered, fragmentary state for a long time.Bob Dylan’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ Revealed
May 18, 2014
Francis Watson argued that all of the fragmentary sentences preserved on the papyrus are also found in the Gospel of Thomas.The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ is Still as Big a Mystery as Ever
April 13, 2014
I took phone calls from the field, with fragmentary updates.The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’
Henry A. Crumpton
May 14, 2012
All officials stressed the fragmentary nature of the threat information to date.Terror Threat Interrogation Underway
September 10, 2011
My remarks on these diseases must consequently be few and fragmentary.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
The capacity of the interior of this fragmentary skull has not been ascertained.On Some Fossil Remains of Man
Thomas H. Huxley
There was an effect of rudeness in his fragmentary sentences.
He was very deliberate; not jerky, only fragmentary; at times profane.
The picture of Jackson that has come down to us, therefore, is unclear and fragmentary.John Baptist Jackson
- made up of fragments; disconnected; incompleteAlso: fragmental
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Word Origin and History for fragmentary
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