adjective \ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt\

: lacking some part : not finished : not complete

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

Full Definition of INCOMPLETE

:  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
of a football pass :  not legally caught
in·com·plete·ly adverb
in·com·plete·ness noun

Examples of INCOMPLETE

  1. an incomplete set of encyclopedias
  2. She handed in an incomplete assignment.


Middle English incompleet, from Late Latin incompletus, from Latin in- + completus complete
First Known Use: 14th century


adjective \ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INCOMPLETE

of insect metamorphosis : having no pupal stage between the immature stages and the adult with the young insect usually resembling the adult—compare complete 1
of a bone fracture : not broken entirely across—compare complete 2
: characterized by incomplete dominance <an incomplete dominant>


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