Definition of incomplete
1 : not complete : unfinished: such asa : lacking a usually necessary part, element, or step spoke in incomplete sentences an incomplete set of golf clubs an incomplete dietb : lacking one or more sets of floral organs an incomplete flower without stamens
2 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
3 of a football pass : not legally caught
Examples of incomplete in a Sentence
an incomplete set of encyclopedias
She handed in an incomplete assignment.
Recent Examples of incomplete from the Web
But those are expensive perks, and this feels like an incomplete product.
Trump himself acknowledged the incomplete tweet, which has since been deleted.
Even then, much of the data was too incomplete to use.
An incomplete version of Dettelbach's campaign website - with his name misspelled in the URL - also briefly appeared online.
But the tweet, and the thought, remained incomplete.
But second, and more concerning, is the incomplete sentence.
But to do so without honoring those who sacrificed, as individuals and not as numbers, would provide an incomplete narrative of war.
Economic dynamism is a far better way to lay lines than any amount of erroneous and incomplete assertions on behalf of the poor, because while The Phrase has remained static for the past decade or so, the world has not.
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Origin and Etymology of incomplete
Middle English incompleet, from Late Latin incompletus, from Latin in- + completus complete
First Known Use: 14th century
INCOMPLETE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incomplete for English Language Learners
: lacking some part : not finished : not complete
American football of a forward pass : not caught by the player the ball was thrown to
INCOMPLETE Defined for Kids
Definition of incomplete for Students
: not finished : not complete
Medical Definition of incomplete
1of insect metamorphosis : having no pupal stage between the immature stages and the adult with the young insect usually resembling the adult—compare complete 1
2of a bone fracture : not broken entirely across—compare complete 2
3of a protein : deficient in one or more essential amino acids—compare complete 3
4: characterized by incomplete dominance an incomplete trait
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