[frag-muh n-ter-ee]


consisting of or reduced to fragments; broken; disconnected; incomplete: fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains.

Origin of fragmentary

First recorded in 1605–15; fragment + -ary
Related formsfrag·men·tar·i·ly, adverbfrag·men·tar·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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

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