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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 of incomplete
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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  • The incompleteness of his statement was, for the same reason, overlooked by his feminine auditors.

  • We often see this defect of incompleteness in a child, which increases in youth.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • In addition to this source of incompleteness, it seemed impossible to compel the tribunals to keep their records in proper shape.

  • Yes, it is dissatisfaction, an incompleteness, as though she had not found what she sought.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • No stricture can attach to his incompleteness: his life was too short for realisation.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • We cannot compare their incompleteness with its completeness.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • But the moment we pass beyond the mere animal life we begin to come upon an incompleteness.

  • What was it that was responsible for that misty halation of incompleteness, longing?

    Sally of Missouri R. E. Young
British Dictionary definitions for incompleteness

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 incompleteness
n.

1640s; from incomplete + -ness.

incomplete

adj.

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

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