- (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 incompletely
The grants were often incompletely described, bounds uncertain and the acreage unknown.A Report upon the Mollusk Fisheries of Massachusetts|Commissioners on Fisheries and Game
Its fauna is incompletely known; probably it is of Miocene or Oligocene origin.
But sculptured form may be either completely or incompletely solid.
The samples referred to were incompletely cured, having been submitted quickly in order to roughly ascertain their quality.Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products|William Bevan
The requirement, respecting the slighter grotesque, is only that it shall be incompletely expressed.Modern Painters Vol. III.|John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for incompletely
- (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