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[frag-muh n-ter-ee] /ˈfræg mənˌtɛr i/
consisting of or reduced to fragments; broken; disconnected; incomplete:
fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains.
Origin of fragmentary
1605-15; fragment + -ary
Related forms
fragmentarily, adverb
fragmentariness, noun Unabridged
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  • Rather, it is an established psychological phenomenon in which the brain tries to make sense of fragmentary information.
  • But these only offer a fragmentary glimpse of the damage and never show its full extent.
  • Skylark received several fragmentary, garbled messages, followed by silence.
  • Previous fossils purportedly from this epoch have been fragmentary and were not well dated.
  • Only a few scattered and fragmentary fossils older than two million years have been argued to belong to the genus.
  • Information about these events was fragmentary, however, and many questions were left unanswered.
  • Paleontologists have to tease an elaborate tale from a fragmentary text of bones and teeth.
  • But these collections are fragmentary and loosely organized.
  • What is known about the rest of the day is fragmentary and additionally confusing.
  • After generations of poverty and oppression, the orally transmitted songs and histories had become fragmentary.
British Dictionary definitions for fragmentary


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

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

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