incomplete

[in-kuhm-pleet]
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.
a.
(of an expression or symbol) meaningful only in a specific context.
b.
(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; Middle English < Late Latin incomplētus. See in-3, complete

incompletely, adverb
incompleteness, noun
subincomplete, adjective


1. unfinished, partial, fragmentary.
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incomplete (ˌɪnkəmˈpliːt)
 
adj
1.  not complete or finished
2.  not completely developed; imperfect
3.  logic
 a.  (of a formal theory) not so constructed that the addition of a non-theorem to the axioms renders it inconsistent
 b.  (of an expression) not having a reference of its own but requiring completion by another expression
 
incom'pletely
 
adv
 
incom'pleteness
 
n
 
incom'pletion
 
n

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incomplete
c.1380, from L. incompletus, from in- "not" + completus (see complete).
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Example sentences
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.
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