Definition of incomplete in US English:

incomplete

adjective

  • 1Not having all the necessary or appropriate parts.

    ‘the records are patchy and incomplete’
    • ‘Yet anyone who has any knowledge of international law will know that it is an incomplete and an imperfect system.’
    • ‘A man's life, we are told, is incomplete unless and until he has tasted love, poverty and war.’
    • ‘He has received incomplete relief of this symptom despite appropriate conventional medication.’
    • ‘This resulted in some partial or incomplete responses relative to these issues.’
    • ‘He felt incomplete and therefore wants a more complete experience at the other bookend of his enjoyable Rangers career.’
    • ‘There were no records for clients who moved in and out of the hostels and documents about residents' purses were incomplete.’
    • ‘The skeptics argue that the vision of freedom embodied in the rights tradition is for this reason partial and incomplete.’
    • ‘Yet although Katz's book is necessarily incomplete in what it can cover, it lives up to its goals remarkably well.’
    • ‘This is where I realized that my childhood, and indeed my life so far, has been woefully incomplete.’
    • ‘We are witnessing a compelling, but necessarily incomplete, account of what went on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A motion of adjournment was passed, on the ground that those voting by proxy had done so with incomplete information.’
    • ‘If you're looking for someone to complete you, then by definition, you're incomplete.’
    • ‘Without the confidence to become what he is meant to be, a man remains incomplete.’
    • ‘It is necessarily too anecdotal and incomplete with respect to the immigrant experience for that.’
    • ‘I think if I didn't have any I'd make them up, otherwise my life would feel incomplete.’
    • ‘The reader too draws back and shares his incomplete understanding along with his respect for his mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    deficient, insufficient, imperfect, defective, partial, patchy, sketchy, fragmentary, fragmented, scrappy, bitty
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    1. 1.1 Not full or finished.
      ‘the analysis remains incomplete’
      • ‘My answer is mumbled and incomplete and leaves me and my questioner unsatisfied.’
      • ‘This is useful when there is a need to comment on a shoddy or incomplete job or task.’
      • ‘Please provide us with a final account for work done adjusted to take account of defective and incomplete work.’
      • ‘That the problems continue shows incomplete and inadequate system planning and implementation.’
      • ‘He is finishing his father's incomplete story The Lizard of Oz, according to the New York Times.’
      unfinished, uncompleted, not finished, not completed, half-finished, half-done, half-completed, partially finished, partially complete, partial, not concluded
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Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin incompletus, from Latin in- ‘not’ + completus ‘filled, finished’ (see complete).

Pronunciation

incomplete

/ˌɪnkəmˈplit//ˌinkəmˈplēt/