consisting of or reduced to fragments; broken; disconnected; incomplete: fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains.
- frag·men·tar·i·ly, adverb
- frag·men·tar·i·ness, noun
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How to use fragmentary in a sentence
In the past, new species were often declared on the basis of a few teeth or other fragmentary evidence, says John Hawks, an anthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who was not involved in the new research.Is it time to change the way we talk about human evolution? | Kate Baggaley | October 28, 2021 | Popular-Science
Often, paleontologists tasked with reconstructing the fragmentary remains of these animals have been guided in their pursuits by analogies to more familiar objects and circumstances.How Tycoons Created the Dinosaur - Issue 107: The Edge | Lukas Rieppel | October 20, 2021 | Nautilus
Offill’s signature fragmentary style fires on all cylinders in Weather, creating a novel driven less by plot than by mood and atmosphere.20 Essential Works of Climate Fiction for Your Reading List | smurguia | October 5, 2021 | Outside Online
Digging revealed part of a shallow pit, but fragmentary bones visible in the pit were too fragile to remove or study closely.A child’s 78,000-year-old grave marks Africa’s oldest known human burial | Bruce Bower | May 5, 2021 | Science News
Staudinger uses these items to engage in wordplay, ponder the role of the artist and pen a fragmentary autobiography.In the galleries: Breaching the border between art and furniture | Mark Jenkins | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The Lotus and the Storm turns out to be a grand, haunted melodrama with elements of camp, delivered in fragmentary reveries.
Literature has been in a plundered, fragmentary state for a long time.
Francis Watson argued that all of the fragmentary sentences preserved on the papyrus are also found in the Gospel of Thomas.The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ is Still as Big a Mystery as Ever | Candida Moss | April 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The author's statistical claims were based on wild extrapolations from a few fragmentary and unreliable sources.
I took phone calls from the field, with fragmentary updates.The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’ | Henry A. Crumpton | May 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The abbey was founded by William the Lion in 1178, but war, fire and fanaticism have left it sadly fragmentary.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Such advice will not serve as a screen if based on a fragmentary, incomplete statement of facts.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Yes: she remembered now, though it still seemed like a dream—a fragmentary, misty dream.The Bag of Diamonds | George Manville Fenn
Such are the fragmentary references that have survived concerning the career of the first Cambridge printer.A History of the Cambridge University Press | S. C. Roberts
While Madame Bastien was speaking David was hastily glancing over the fragmentary writings his hostess had just handed to him.The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for fragmentary
made up of fragments; disconnected; incomplete: Also: fragmental
- fragmentarily, adverb
- fragmentariness, noun
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