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adjective in·com·plete \ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt\

Simple Definition of incomplete

  • : lacking some part : not finished : not complete

  • American football of a forward pass : not caught by the player the ball was thrown to

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incomplete

  1. 1 :  not complete :  unfinished: as a :  lacking a part; especially :  lacking one or more sets of floral organs b of insect metamorphosis :  characterized by the absence of a pupal stage between the immature stages and the adult of an insect in which the young usually resemble the adult — compare complete 5

  2. 2 of a football pass :  not legally caught





Examples of incomplete in a sentence

  1. an incomplete set of encyclopedias

  2. She handed in an incomplete assignment.

Origin and Etymology of incomplete

Middle English incompleet, from Late Latin incompletus, from Latin in- + completus complete

First Known Use: 14th century

INCOMPLETE Defined for Kids


adjective in·com·plete \ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt\

Definition of incomplete for Students

  1. :  not finished :  not complete



Medical Dictionary


adjective in·com·plete \ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt\

Medical Definition of incomplete

  1. 1of insect metamorphosis :  having no pupal stage between the immature stages and the adult with the young insect usually resembling the adult—compare complete 1

  2. 2of a bone fracture :  not broken entirely across—compare complete 2

  3. 3of a protein :  deficient in one or more essential amino acids—compare complete 3

  4. 4:  characterized by incomplete dominance <an incomplete trait>

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