- (of an expression or symbol) meaningful only in a specific context.
- (of a set of axioms) such that there is at least one true proposition (able to be formulated in terms of the basic ideas of a given system) that is not deducible from the set.Compare complete(def 7).
Origin of incomplete
Related formsin·com·plete·ly, adverbin·com·plete·ness, nounsub·in·com·plete, adjective
Examples from the Web for incomplete
In the meantime, most of the detailed studies are incomplete in one way or another.
I speak here to warn people that the facts presented in the opera are incomplete and distorted.Rudy Giuliani: Why I Protested ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’|Rudy Giuliani|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a portrait of childhood in America, it is incomplete enough to be irresponsible.
They gave her the forms instead, which she carries with her incomplete.Italy's Latest Export Is Refugees, and the Rest of Europe Is Not Happy|Barbie Latza Nadeau|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any list of presidential sex symbols would be incomplete without Bill Clinton.
Height of response is thus decreased by incomplete recovery.Response in the Living and Non-Living|Jagadis Chunder Bose
Consequently loss of power by cooling and by incomplete expansion cannot be avoided.
Paying no taxes and rendering no assistance in the administration of the Empire, his duty to his sovereign is incomplete.Chinese Sketches|Herbert A. Giles
The child must not be discouraged by harsh criticism, but neither must an incomplete recitation be accepted as a complete one.The Recitation|George Herbert Betts
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
British Dictionary definitions for incomplete
- (of a formal theory) not so constructed that the addition of a non-theorem to the axioms renders it inconsistent
- (of an expression) not having a reference of its own but requiring completion by another expression