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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [in-kuh m-pleet]
    • /ˌɪn kəmˈplit/
    • /ˌɪn.kəmˈpliːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [in-kuh m-pleet]
    • /ˌɪn kəmˈplit/

Definitions of incomplete word

  • adjective incomplete not complete; lacking some part. 1
  • adjective incomplete Football. (of a forward pass) not completed; not caught by a receiver. 1
  • adjective incomplete Engineering. noting a truss the panel points of which are not entirely connected so as to form a system of triangles. Compare complete (def 8), redundant (def 5c). 1
  • adjective incomplete Logic, Philosophy. (of an expression or symbol) meaningful only in a specific context. (of a set of axioms) such that there is at least one true proposition (able to be formulated in terms of the basic ideas of a given system) that is not deducible from the set. Compare complete (def 7). 1
  • noun incomplete Education. a temporary grade indicating that a student has not fulfilled one or more of the essential requirements for a course: If I don't hand in my term paper for last semester's English course, the professor is going to change my incomplete to an F. 1
  • noun incomplete Not having all the necessary or appropriate parts. 1

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Origin of incomplete

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word incomplētus. See in-3, complete

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Parts of speech for Incomplete


incomplete popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

incomplete usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for incomplete

adj incomplete

  • fragmentary — consisting of or reduced to fragments; broken; disconnected; incomplete: fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains.
  • partial — being such in part only; not total or general; incomplete: partial blindness; a partial payment of a debt.
  • lacking — being without; not having; wanting; less: Lacking equipment, the laboratory couldn't undertake the research project.
  • deficient — If someone or something is deficient in a particular thing, they do not have the full amount of it that they need in order to function normally or work properly.
  • inadequate — not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.

adjective incomplete

  • unfinished — not finished; incomplete or unaccomplished.
  • half-finished — ended or completed.
  • piecemeal — piece by piece; one piece at a time; gradually: to work piecemeal.
  • wanting — lacking or absent: a motor with some of the parts wanting.
  • expurgated — Remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a book or account).

Antonyms for incomplete

adj incomplete

  • total — constituting or comprising the whole; entire; whole: the total expenditure.
  • sufficient — adequate for the purpose; enough: sufficient proof; sufficient protection.
  • adequate — If something is adequate, there is enough of it or it is good enough to be used or accepted.
  • ample — If there is an ample amount of something, there is enough of it and usually some extra.
  • accomplished — If someone is accomplished at something, they are very good at it.

adjective incomplete

  • entire — An uncastrated male horse.
  • enough — As much or as many as required.

adverb incomplete

  • on the whole — comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total: He ate the whole pie. They ran the whole distance.
  • straight out — thoroughgoing: a straight-out Democrat.
  • consummately — to bring to a state of perfection; fulfill.
  • everyplace — (US, informal) Everywhere.
  • unambiguous — not ambiguous, or unclear; distinct; unequivocal: The object of the experiment was to reach an unambiguous conclusion about climate change.

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