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 for incompleteness
It is an incompleteness that one unconsciously wants to never completely resolve.
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