- (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
OTHER WORDS FROM incompletein·com·plete·ly, adverbin·com·plete·ness, nounsub·in·com·plete, adjective
How to use incomplete in a sentence
If you have incomplete or inaccurate data from any of these different campaigns, and we get a lot of that, that’s the first problem you need to solve.Building connections between siloed channels, technologies and teams|Sponsored Content: Integrate|November 11, 2020|Search Engine Land
Still, the numbers are a sign — though an incomplete one — that voter turnout may be on pace to be the highest in a century.Early voting in 2020 has already exceeded all of 2016’s early votes|Rani Molla|October 23, 2020|Vox
However, even those that are claimed in many cases are still incomplete.Google Search gets deeper into the ‘real-world’ with Busyness, Duplex and AR in Maps|Greg Sterling|October 16, 2020|Search Engine Land
Data on felony convictions is scattered across the state’s 67 county clerk’s offices, and much of that information is incomplete or outdated.In Florida, the Gutting of a Landmark Law Leaves Few Felons Likely to Vote|by Lawrence Mower and Langston Taylor, Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times|October 7, 2020|ProPublica
Pelletier repeatedly provided inaccurate or incomplete information to the commissioners, according to a review by The Maine Monitor and ProPublica.Maine Hires Lawyers With Criminal Records to Defend Its Poorest Residents|by Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor, with data analysis by Agnel Philip|October 6, 2020|ProPublica
He looks slightly put out, as if disappointed by the incompleteness of the statistic.The Unemployed Finally Speak Out: D.W. Gibson’s ‘Not Working’|D.W. Gibson|June 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It deals with simple ignorance and benightedness, an incompleteness of education, a widespread failure to absorb knowledge.
An attempt was made to join on another version, without observing the incompleteness of the sentence.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
The Author writes the last line of this book with a sigh at the incompleteness of his work.The Towns of Roman Britain|James Oliver Bevan
For all its incompleteness, this was a strangely beautiful corner of the green world.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
It was mutual,—that want, that dependence, that sense of incompleteness which each felt without the other.The Hidden Places|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Thus far, then, of the incompleteness or simplicity of execution necessary in architectural ornament, as referred to the mind.The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)|John Ruskin
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