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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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  • 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


/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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