frag·​men·​tary | \ ˈfrag-mən-ˌter-ē How to pronounce fragmentary (audio) \

Definition of fragmentary

: consisting of fragments : incomplete fragmentary evidence a fragmentary account

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Other Words from fragmentary

fragmentarily \ ˌfrag-​mən-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce fragmentary (audio) \ adverb
fragmentariness \ ˈfrag-​mən-​ˌter-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce fragmentary (audio) \ noun

Examples of fragmentary in a Sentence

discovering fragmentary remains of primitive animals the historical record of this pharaoh's life and reign is fragmentary at best
Recent Examples on the Web The neonates, juveniles, adult females, and adult males often occupy different habitats but information about their movements and habitat use is quite fragmentary. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Most startling are two small, fragmentary paintings that are irregular forms layered with nearly monochrome paint. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, 28 Apr. 2021 That culture, during Faulkner’s lifetime, from 1897 to 1962, was so determined to look away from its own crimes that its narratives were fragmentary by necessity, avant-garde via denial. Benjamin Nugent, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 The book’s sparse, fragmentary form informs its feeling of emotional starvation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 The highly inflected, highly textured, yet spare and fragmentary images—which show more listening than talking, and place great weight on glances and gestures, ornaments and clothing—are joined by an editing scheme as daring as the cinematography. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2021 Edestus was originally named from a fragmentary jaw described by naturalist Joseph Leidy in 1856. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2021 Staudinger uses these items to engage in wordplay, ponder the role of the artist and pen a fragmentary autobiography. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2021 Despite conflicting and sometimes fragmentary accounts, the House decided to proceed with impeachment and the trial without conducting a real investigation or calling witnesses. Peter Baker And Sabrina Tavernise New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of fragmentary

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fragmentary

fragment entry 1 + -ary entry 2

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The first known use of fragmentary was in 1611

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12 May 2021

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“Fragmentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fragmentary

: made up of parts or pieces : made up of fragments

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