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[in-kuh m-plee-shuh n] /ˌɪn kəmˈpli ʃən/
the state of being incomplete; incompleteness.
Football. an incomplete forward pass.
Origin of incompletion
First recorded in 1795-1805; in-3 + completion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Women always spoil their vices by incompletion," observed Paul.

    The Making of a Prig Evelyn Sharp
  • If one loses somebody like that, it leaves a sense of incompletion.

  • In a sterner kind, that of the statues in the sacristy of St. Lorenzo equals it, and there again by incompletion.

  • The delight of union stole through her, more exquisite for incompletion.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • We are undoubtedly in an unpleasant state of incompletion as a nation to-day, but by no means in one of decadence.

    Three Things Elinor Glyn
  • Other times I would rage up and down, all my soul baffled and aching with incompletion.

    A Woman of Genius Mary Austin
  • Desire and need have been treated as signs of deficiency, and endeavor as proof not of power but of incompletion.

  • incompletion of the radical is one of the commonest causes of words being coined faultily.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • He supposed he had apprehended dimly the risk of this incompletion in Paris during that first Long Vacation.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
Word Origin and History for incompletion

1804, noun of action from incomplete.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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