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[frag-muh n-ter-ee]
  1. consisting of or reduced to fragments; broken; disconnected; incomplete: fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains.
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Origin of fragmentary

First recorded in 1605–15; fragment + -ary
Related formsfrag·men·tar·i·ly, adverbfrag·men·tar·i·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of fragmentarily

  • Of course they do not express his complete views of the mighty subject which they fragmentarily treat.

    Studies of Christianity

    James Martineau

  • Not piecemeal, therefore, and fragmentarily, did language arise.

  • All knowledge was in the non-scientific form, or only fragmentarily and inchoately adjusted.

    Theoretical Ethics

    Milton Valentine

  • So he got his flute, propped up the book against a vase, and played the tune, whilst she hummed it fragmentarily.

    Aaron's Rod

    D. H. Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for fragmentarily


  1. made up of fragments; disconnected; incompleteAlso: fragmental
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Derived Formsfragmentarily, adverbfragmentariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fragmentarily



1835 (with an isolated use in Donne from 1611), from fragment + -ary.

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