An incomplete building.
- When you get a bed to put together and you are missing three screws and one leg, this is an example of the bed being incomplete.
- When you are about half-way done writing your term paper, this is an example of an incomplete paper.
The definition of incomplete is something that is missing pieces or parts, or something that is not yet done.
- lacking a part or parts; not whole; not full
- unfinished; not concluded
- not perfect; not thorough
- Football not successfully executed: said of a forward pass
Origin of incompleteMiddle English incompleet from Late Latin incompletus: see in- and complete
- incompletion of assigned work in a course
- a grade or mark (usually “I”) indicating incompletion of assigned work
- Not complete.
- Football Not caught in bounds or intercepted: an incomplete forward pass.
A grade indicating that the requirements for an academic course or assignment have not been met.
- in′com·plete′ness in′com·ple′tion
(comparative more incomplete, superlative most incomplete)
- Not complete; not filled up; not finished; not having all its parts, or not having them all adjusted; imperfect; defective.
- (botany) Of a flower, wanting any of the usual floral organs.
NounSee also: incomplète