- (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
Synonyms for incomplete
Related Words for incompletenessflaw, weakness, failing, imperfection, dearth, paucity, deficiency, insufficiency, incapacity, shortcoming, ineffectiveness, ineptitude, inefficiency, loss, lack, shortage, ignorance, blemish, inadequacy, defect
Examples from the Web for incompleteness
Contemporary Examples of incompleteness
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’
June 19, 2012
It deals with simple ignorance and benightedness, an incompleteness of education, a widespread failure to absorb knowledge.Ignorant America
August 30, 2010
Historical Examples of incompleteness
We often see this defect of incompleteness in a child, which increases in youth.How to Succeed
Orison Swett Marden
That was a sort of pity for the incompleteness of her mother's life; the bareness of it.Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
Now, secondly, notice the certainty of the completion of the incompleteness.
Now, let me remind you that this incompleteness is mainly our own fault.
And if the incompleteness is so blessed, what will the completeness be?
- (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