- (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 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’|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.
It is living; yet the incompleteness of life's ideal within it cannot but hurt humanity.Creative Unity|Rabindranath Tagore
There is added to this in young persons, a sense of incompleteness.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Genesis|Marcus Dods
Notwithstanding its incompleteness, however, there is enough to show a powerful life and a wonderful imagination.
Such proposals are dangerous, and commonly end in incompleteness.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
That is to say, there should remain no mystery or uncertainty or unpleasant feeling of incompleteness.How to Teach Religion|George Herbert Betts
British Dictionary definitions for incompleteness
- (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