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

Definition of fragmentary

: consisting of fragments : incomplete fragmentary evidence a fragmentary account

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 Her visual art, like her writing, often had a fragmentary quality. Hannah Williams, The New Yorker, 28 July 2022 Third, much of what the industry does is classified—secret—so public accounts of even the biggest programs are often fragmentary or speculative. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 24 June 2022 How and when owls evolved their day/night preference is exceedingly difficult to ascertain, as the owl fossil record in deep time is fragmentary. Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 25 May 2022 The resulting statements, numbered and sequenced out of order, make up the bulk of the book, which is arranged as a fragmentary bureaucratic report. Stephen Kearse, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2022 Text, often multilingual, features in pieces such as Hyun Chough’s robust, partly sculptural collage, whose two inset rectangles are filled with fragmentary blocks. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 There is fragmentary evidence that the United States and its allies worked to counter some of the attacks and to prevent others from being launched. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2022 Rather than trying to make Gramsci’s life and thought cohere, Frétigné and D’Orsi embrace their fragmentary nature by breaking their books into short, discrete sections that handle particular concepts, controversies, and episodes. Thomas Meaney, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 Even those investigating cops and Kate’s own husband start looking pretty shady, as fragmentary memories of the fateful evening return to her, and intel withheld by various parties is revealed. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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