Definition of incomplete in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌinkəmˈplēt/


1Not having all the necessary or appropriate parts: the records are patchy and incomplete
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  • Yet although Katz's book is necessarily incomplete in what it can cover, it lives up to its goals remarkably well.
  • 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.
deficient, insufficient, imperfect, defective, partial, patchy, sketchy, vague, fragmentary, fragmented;
perfunctory, cursory
1.1Not full or finished: the analysis remains incomplete
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  • 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.
  • This is useful when there is a need to comment on a shoddy or incomplete job or task.



Pronunciation: /ˌinkəmˈplētnəs/
Example sentences
  • As such, expression in psychoanalytic theory always registers the subject's lack, incompleteness, or status as split.
  • In Lacanian theory it is not some fundamental sexual imperative that motivates desire, but the loss of the real, which leaves an incompleteness, a lack.
  • A feeling of incompleteness, of a job half done.


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

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Syllabification: in·com·plete

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