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incomplete

[in-kuh m-pleet] /ˌɪn kəmˈplit/
adjective
1.
not complete; lacking some part.
2.
Football. (of a forward pass) not completed; not caught by a receiver.
3.
Engineering. noting a truss the panel points of which are not entirely connected so as to form a system of triangles.
Compare complete (def 8), redundant (def 5c).
4.
Logic, Philosophy.
  1. (of an expression or symbol) meaningful only in a specific context.
  2. (of a set of axioms) such that there is at least one true proposition (able to be formulated in terms of the basic ideas of a given system) that is not deducible from the set.
    Compare complete (def 7).
noun
5.
Education. a temporary grade indicating that a student has not fulfilled one or more of the essential requirements for a course:
If I don't hand in my term paper for last semester's English course, the professor is going to change my incomplete to an F.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin incomplētus. See in-3, complete
Related forms
incompletely, adverb
incompleteness, noun
subincomplete, adjective
Synonyms
1. unfinished, partial, fragmentary.
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Examples from the web for incomplete
  • Best thing you can do if a reporter starts writing science is to take it as mostly inaccurate or incomplete.
  • incomplete composting lowers the value of the finished product and makes recycling and composting more costly.
  • He suspects that the chamber was intended to be much larger but was left incomplete.
  • The enclosed instructions were confused and made no mention that the software was incomplete with some features inactivated.
  • These measurements, however, were inaccurate and incomplete.
  • And sometimes a knife-wielding vandal decides that a precious rock-art panel is incomplete because it doesn't bear his initials.
  • The electrification of personal vehicles, however, offers an incomplete solution.
  • Today, both the fencing and structures are incomplete.
  • The graphics below are our incomplete attempt to do so.
  • Less understood, however, is what becomes of those patterns at moments of incomplete recall.
British Dictionary definitions for incomplete

incomplete

/ˌɪnkəmˈpliːt/
adjective
1.
not complete or finished
2.
not completely developed; imperfect
3.
(logic)
  1. (of a formal theory) not so constructed that the addition of a non-theorem to the axioms renders it inconsistent
  2. (of an expression) not having a reference of its own but requiring completion by another expression
Derived Forms
incompletely, adverb
incompleteness, incompletion, noun
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Word Origin and History for incomplete
adj.

late 14c., from Latin incompletus "incomplete," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + completus (see complete).

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