incomplete

adjective
in·​com·​plete | \ ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce incomplete (audio) \

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 of protein : deficient in one or more essential amino acids People used to think you needed to eat incomplete proteins together in the same meal to make up a complete protein, but that view has been debunked; simply eat a variety of plant-based protein sources throughout the day and you'll be fine.— Katherine Hobson
c : lacking one or more sets of floral organs an incomplete flower without stamens
2 of a football pass : not legally caught
3 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 sense 6

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Other Words from incomplete

incompletely adverb
incompleteness noun

Examples of incomplete in a Sentence

an incomplete set of encyclopedias She handed in an incomplete assignment.
Recent Examples on the Web The analysis could reliably calculate proficiency for 141 schools, but could only estimate growth for 92 schools because data for some schools was incomplete. Alden Woods, ProPublica, 13 June 2021 The data on these deaths and injuries is incomplete, The Post said, because the federal government does not require police departments to keep track. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 The analysis could reliably calculate proficiency for 141 schools, but could only estimate growth for 92 schools because data for some schools was incomplete. Alden Woods And Agnel Philip, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2021 Many projects were still incomplete when the 2021 war broke out, according to Oxfam. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2021 Several months after halting the trials, Biogen and Eisai made the stunning announcement that their initial read of the data was incomplete, and that in fact, the studies showed aducanumab was actually effective. Alice Park, Time, 7 June 2021 During the Stars run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2020, Seguin was dealing with a torn labrum in his hip, an injury that required surgery and a grueling rehabilitation process that was incomplete when Seguin debuted in Florida on May 3. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 5 June 2021 State data show higher levels of vaccinations in prior weeks, but the most recent data are probably incomplete because of reporting delays. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 The disclosure tradition is incomplete, with no standards for what constitutes a complete return and no standards for how disclosure should be conducted. Joseph Thorndike, Forbes, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of incomplete

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incomplete

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

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The first known use of incomplete was in the 14th century

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15 Jun 2021

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“Incomplete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incomplete. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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incomplete

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of incomplete

: lacking some part : not finished : not complete
American football, of a forward pass : not caught by the player the ball was thrown to

incomplete

adjective
in·​com·​plete | \ ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce incomplete (audio) \

Kids Definition of incomplete

: not finished : not complete

Other Words from incomplete

incompletely adverb

incomplete

adjective
in·​com·​plete | \ ˌin-kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce incomplete (audio) \

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 sense 1
2 of a bone fracture : not broken entirely across — compare complete sense 2
3 of a protein : deficient in one or more essential amino acids — compare complete sense 3
4 : characterized by incomplete dominance an incomplete trait

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