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fragmentary

[frag-muh n-ter-ee]
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adjective
  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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Related Words for fragmentary

sketchy, scattered, disconnected, discrete, disjointed, fractional, incoherent, part, partial, piecemeal, scrappy, unsystematic, bitty

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British Dictionary definitions for fragmentary

fragmentary

adjective
  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 fragmentary

adj.

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

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