- not complete; lacking some part.
- Football. (of a forward pass) not completed; not caught by a receiver.
- Engineering. noting a truss the panel points of which are not entirely connected so as to form a system of triangles.Compare complete(def 8), redundant(def 5c).
- Logic, Philosophy.
- (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).
- Education. a temporary grade indicating that a student has not fulfilled one or more of the essential requirements for a course: If I don't hand in my term paper for last semester's English course, the professor is going to change my incomplete to an F.
Origin of incomplete
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1. unfinished, partial, fragmentary.
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Examples from the Web for incompletely
He had come in from the firing-line, and had incompletely dodged a stone."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
The bird life of the northern Marianas is also incompletely known.The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3
Rollin H. Baker
Capsule 1-celled or incompletely 3-celled by intrusion of the placent, many-seeded.
Pod 1-celled, or incompletely 2–4-celled at base, 4-toothed at the apex.
But the meaning of color, or change of color in a star is as yet only incompletely ascertained.Astronomy
- not complete or finished
- not completely developed; imperfect
- (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
Word Origin and History for incompletely
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