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fragmentary

[frag-muh n-ter-ee] /ˈfræg mənˌtɛr i/
adjective
1.
consisting of or reduced to fragments; broken; disconnected; incomplete:
fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; fragment + -ary
Related forms
fragmentarily, adverb
fragmentariness, noun
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  • Thirty four cases detailing diagnosis and treatment survive, some of them fragmentarily.
British Dictionary definitions for fragmentarily

fragmentary

/ˈfræɡməntərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
made up of fragments; disconnected; incomplete Also fragmental
Derived Forms
fragmentarily, adverb
fragmentariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fragmentarily

fragmentary

adj.

1835 (with an isolated use in Donne from 1611), from fragment + -ary.

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