Definition of incomplete adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɪnkəmˈpliːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnkəmˈpliːt//
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not having everything that it should have; not finished or complete an incomplete set of figures Spoken language contains many incomplete sentences. Our holiday would be incomplete without some time on the tennis courts. opposite complete Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin incompletus, from Latin in- ‘not’ + completus ‘filled, finished’, past participle of complere ‘fill up, finish, fulfil’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + plere ‘fill’.Extra examples Her collection remained incomplete. The building was left incomplete. We begin with a brief and necessarily incomplete review of UK statistics. The police acted on incomplete information. The recorded data was incomplete and it was necessary to make approximate estimates. The statistics only provide an incomplete picture.
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