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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 of fragmentary
1605-1615
1605-15; fragment + -ary
Related forms
fragmentarily, adverb
fragmentariness, noun
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  • The personal notices of Seneca's life up to the period of his manhood are slight and fragmentary.

    Seekers after God Frederic William Farrar
  • My remarks on these diseases must consequently be few and fragmentary.

  • Meanwhile the fragmentary Catawba, with which I believe that the Caddo was connected had its congeners far to westward.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • The capacity of the interior of this fragmentary skull has not been ascertained.

  • Every now and then into the fragmentary debate still going on within him there would flash little pictures of Murewell.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for fragmentary

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 fragmentary
adj.

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

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