- not complete; lacking some part.
- Football. (of a forward pass) not completed; not caught by a receiver.
- Engineering. noting a truss the panel points of which are not entirely connected so as to form a system of triangles.Compare complete(def 8), redundant(def 5c).
- Logic, Philosophy.
- (of an expression or symbol) meaningful only in a specific context.
- (of a set of axioms) such that there is at least one true proposition (able to be formulated in terms of the basic ideas of a given system) that is not deducible from the set.Compare complete(def 7).
- Education. a temporary grade indicating that a student has not fulfilled one or more of the essential requirements for a course: If I don't hand in my term paper for last semester's English course, the professor is going to change my incomplete to an F.
Origin of incomplete
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1. unfinished, partial, fragmentary.
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Examples from the Web for incomplete
In the meantime, most of the detailed studies are incomplete in one way or another.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
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I speak here to warn people that the facts presented in the opera are incomplete and distorted.Rudy Giuliani: Why I Protested ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’
October 20, 2014
As a portrait of childhood in America, it is incomplete enough to be irresponsible.Black 'Boyhood' Is Always Black First, Boy Later
August 30, 2014
They gave her the forms instead, which she carries with her incomplete.Italy's Latest Export Is Refugees, and the Rest of Europe Is Not Happy
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Any list of presidential sex symbols would be incomplete without Bill Clinton.Fifty Shades of Presidential FanFiction
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In proportion as the union is incomplete, the derived life is imperfect.A Dish Of Orts
“than to bide safely here,” -- a common figure of incomplete comparison.Beowulf
Sometimes an incomplete erection is produced, which is insufficient.
An incomplete invert declared to me that his ideal would be a man.
It may be incomplete, it may be undeveloped, but so far as it goes it contains the truth.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
- not complete or finished
- not completely developed; imperfect
- (of a formal theory) not so constructed that the addition of a non-theorem to the axioms renders it inconsistent
- (of an expression) not having a reference of its own but requiring completion by another expression
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Word Origin and History for incomplete
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