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
: lacking one or more sets of floral organs
an incomplete flower without stamens
of a football pass: not legally caught
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 completesense 6
an incomplete set of encyclopedias
She handed in an incomplete assignment.
Recent Examples on the WebStatistics from Mexico’s federal government paint an incomplete but helpful illustration of the true dimensions of the problem.—Nathaniel Parish Flannery, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Overall, the study found 51% of the chatbots’ responses were inaccurate, 40% were harmful, 38% were incomplete, and 13% were biased.—Britney Nguyen, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2024 Though data is incomplete, experts say enough is known to show that chases are a serious public safety concern.—Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 25 Feb. 2024 More Precise Data Bovo believes that the data available to track migrants heading to Hialeah is incomplete at best, and says the federal government has been stingy with its information.—Verónica Egui Brito, Miami Herald, 23 Feb. 2024 With records incomplete or missing, Montford Point Marines are continuing to be identified.—Graham Womack, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 As of Wednesday, Chang’s campaign filings were incomplete online.—Grace Hase, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 The Pentagon further blamed the team for writing incomplete prescriptions that were missing information required by the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as years of shoddy record-keeping.—Michael Kranish, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Upping the Ante An incomplete collection of some of the straight-up weirdest gambles in history
By Teddy Brokaw
Roman Emperor Nero gambled extravagantly during his first-century A.D. reign, often in games with four dice.—Chris Carra, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 See More
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Middle English incompleet, from Late Latin incompletus, from Latin in- + completus complete