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1Not having all the necessary or appropriate parts:‘incomplete carvings of cattle’
deficient, insufficient, imperfect, defective, partial, patchy, sketchy, fragmentary, fragmented, scrappy, bittyView synonyms
- ‘He felt incomplete and therefore wants a more complete experience at the other bookend of his enjoyable Rangers career.’
- ‘The reader too draws back and shares his incomplete understanding along with his respect for his mother.’
- ‘A man's life, we are told, is incomplete unless and until he has tasted love, poverty and war.’
- ‘Another tells of the time when she saw a large and promising box under the tree, only to find it was an incomplete set of BhS glass tumblers.’
- ‘There were no records for clients who moved in and out of the hostels and documents about residents' purses were incomplete.’
- ‘It frequently has to make its assessment on the basis of fragmented, incomplete and confused information.’
- ‘Exceptions are evidence that the explanation is wrong somehow, or incomplete.’
- ‘For this reason, every history of the Second World War is necessarily fractured and incomplete.’
- ‘I think if I didn't have any I'd make them up, otherwise my life would feel incomplete.’
- ‘It is necessarily too anecdotal and incomplete with respect to the immigrant experience for that.’
- ‘Without the confidence to become what he is meant to be, a man remains incomplete.’
- ‘If you're looking for someone to complete you, then by definition, you're incomplete.’
- ‘A motion of adjournment was passed, on the ground that those voting by proxy had done so with incomplete information.’
- ‘We are witnessing a compelling, but necessarily incomplete, account of what went on.’
- ‘Yet although Katz's book is necessarily incomplete in what it can cover, it lives up to its goals remarkably well.’
- ‘Yet anyone who has any knowledge of international law will know that it is an incomplete and an imperfect system.’
- ‘This resulted in some partial or incomplete responses relative to these issues.’
- ‘This is where I realized that my childhood, and indeed my life so far, has been woefully incomplete.’
- ‘The skeptics argue that the vision of freedom embodied in the rights tradition is for this reason partial and incomplete.’
- ‘He has received incomplete relief of this symptom despite appropriate conventional medication.’
- 1.1 Not full or finished:‘the analysis remains incomplete’
unfinished, uncompleted, not finished, not completed, half-finished, half-done, half-completed, partially finished, partially complete, partial, not concludedView synonyms
- ‘This is useful when there is a need to comment on a shoddy or incomplete job or task.’
- ‘My answer is mumbled and incomplete and leaves me and my questioner unsatisfied.’
- ‘He is finishing his father's incomplete story The Lizard of Oz, according to the New York Times.’
- ‘That the problems continue shows incomplete and inadequate system planning and implementation.’
- ‘Please provide us with a final account for work done adjusted to take account of defective and incomplete work.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin incompletus, from Latin in- not + completus filled, finished (see complete).
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