fragmentary

adjective frag·men·tary \ ˈfrag-mən-ˌter-ē \

Definition of fragmentary

:consisting of fragments :incomplete
  • fragmentary evidence
  • a fragmentary account

fragmentarily

play \ˌfrag-mən-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb

fragmentariness

play \ˈfrag-mən-ˌter-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of fragmentary in a Sentence

  1. discovering fragmentary remains of primitive animals

  2. the historical record of this pharaoh's life and reign is fragmentary at best

Recent Examples of fragmentary from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fragmentary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of fragmentary


FRAGMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners

fragmentary

adjective

Definition of fragmentary for English Language Learners

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fragmentary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to praise usually to excess

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!