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[in-kuh m-plee-shuh n]
  1. the state of being incomplete; incompleteness.
  2. Football. an incomplete forward pass.
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Origin of incompletion

First recorded in 1795–1805; in-3 + completion
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for incompletion

Historical Examples

  • "Women always spoil their vices by incompletion," observed Paul.

    The Making of a Prig

    Evelyn Sharp

  • If one loses somebody like that, it leaves a sense of incompletion.

  • In a sterner kind, that of the statues in the sacristy of St. Lorenzo equals it, and there again by incompletion.

  • The delight of union stole through her, more exquisite for incompletion.

    The Man Who Was Good

    Leonard Merrick

  • We are undoubtedly in an unpleasant state of incompletion as a nation to-day, but by no means in one of decadence.

    Three Things

    Elinor Glyn

Word Origin and History for incompletion


1804, noun of action from incomplete.

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