- (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).
- incomplete abortion,
- incomplete antibody,
- incomplete antigen,
- incomplete dominance,
- incomplete fistula
Origin of incomplete
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
- (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