- 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 incompleteness
He looks slightly put out, as if disappointed by the incompleteness of the statistic.The Unemployed Finally Speak Out: D.W. Gibson’s ‘Not Working’
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It deals with simple ignorance and benightedness, an incompleteness of education, a widespread failure to absorb knowledge.Ignorant America
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We often see this defect of incompleteness in a child, which increases in youth.How to Succeed
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That was a sort of pity for the incompleteness of her mother's life; the bareness of it.Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
Now, secondly, notice the certainty of the completion of the incompleteness.
Now, let me remind you that this incompleteness is mainly our own fault.
And if the incompleteness is so blessed, what will the completeness be?
- 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 incompleteness
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