Definition of incomplete in US English:

incomplete

adjective

  • 1Not having all the necessary or appropriate parts.

    ‘the records are patchy and incomplete’
    • ‘For this reason, every history of the Second World War is necessarily fractured and 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think if I didn't have any I'd make them up, otherwise my life would feel incomplete.’
    • ‘This resulted in some partial or incomplete responses relative to these issues.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The reader too draws back and shares his incomplete understanding along with his respect for his mother.’
    • ‘This is where I realized that my childhood, and indeed my life so far, has been woefully incomplete.’
    • ‘It frequently has to make its assessment on the basis of fragmented, incomplete and confused information.’
    • ‘He felt incomplete and therefore wants a more complete experience at the other bookend of his enjoyable Rangers career.’
    • ‘It is necessarily too anecdotal and incomplete with respect to the immigrant experience for that.’
    • ‘We are witnessing a compelling, but necessarily incomplete, account of what went on.’
    • ‘Exceptions are evidence that the explanation is wrong somehow, or incomplete.’
    • ‘Without the confidence to become what he is meant to be, a man remains incomplete.’
    • ‘Yet anyone who has any knowledge of international law will know that it is an incomplete and an imperfect system.’
    • ‘Yet although Katz's book is necessarily incomplete in what it can cover, it lives up to its goals remarkably well.’
    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.’
      • ‘Please provide us with a final account for work done adjusted to take account of defective and incomplete work.’
      • ‘He is finishing his father's incomplete story The Lizard of Oz, according to the New York Times.’
      • ‘This is useful when there is a need to comment on a shoddy or incomplete job or task.’
      • ‘That the problems continue shows incomplete and inadequate system planning and implementation.’
      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

/ˌinkəmˈplēt//ˌɪnkəmˈplit/