incomplete

adjective in·com·plete \ ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of incomplete

1 : not complete : unfinished: such as
a : lacking a usually necessary part, element, or step
  • spoke in incomplete sentences
  • an incomplete set of golf clubs
  • an incomplete diet
b : 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 6
3 of a football pass : not legally caught

incompletely

adverb

incompleteness

noun

Examples of incomplete in a Sentence

  1. an incomplete set of encyclopedias

  2. She handed in an incomplete assignment.

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Origin and Etymology of incomplete

Middle English incompleet, from Late Latin incompletus, from Latin in- + completus complete


INCOMPLETE Defined for English Language Learners

incomplete

adjective

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

incomplete

adjective in·com·plete \ ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt \

Definition of incomplete for Students

: not finished : not complete

incompletely

adverb

Medical Dictionary

incomplete

adjective in·com·plete \ ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt \

medical Definition of incomplete

1 of insect metamorphosis : having no pupal stage between the immature stages and the adult with the young insect usually resembling the adult — compare complete 1
2 of a bone fracture : not broken entirely across — compare complete 2
3 of 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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