fragmentary

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

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 \ adverb
fragmentariness \ˈfrag-​mən-​ˌter-​ē-​nəs \ 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

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Because of the fragmentary nature of many of the bones, the team exploring the cave has been slowly going through them, determining which ones are human by looking at the collagen that comprises much of the bone. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "DNA shows girl had one Neanderthal, one Denisovan parent," 22 Aug. 2018 But reports from the field are often fragmentary, and there is much discretion in when to alert the trauma team. Jenny Gold, Vox, "A baby was treated with a nap and a bottle of formula. His parents received an $18,000 bill.," 20 July 2018 But reports from the field are often fragmentary and there is much discretion in when to alert the trauma team. Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News And Sarah Kliff, Washington Post, "A Baby Was Treated With A Nap And A Bottle Of Formula. The Bill Was $18,000.," 2 July 2018 Rather, our conscious visual experience is stitched together out of these fragmentary static views. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 My stories and poems are dreams and visions that ‘appear’ and are augmented by fragmentary observations. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Elisabeth S. Schleussner, former Baltimore Sun art and architecture critic," 27 June 2018 This is a lot of territory to cover in 45 minutes and necessarily fragmentary. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "From 19th Century Memphis to modern-day L.A.: Master Chorale time-travels through 'dreams of the new world'," 15 May 2018 Many of the works are composed of multiple, fragmentary objects made of plain canvas or lead wrapped around stretchers, which build up to loopy, engaging, figurative abstractions. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Charles Desmarais’ art picks for April 29," 4 May 2018 Many of the works are composed of multiple, fragmentary objects made of plain canvas or lead wrapped around stretchers, which build up to loopy, engaging, figurative abstractions. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Charles Desmarais’ art picks for April 29," 4 May 2018

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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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fragmentary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fragmentary

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

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