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[in-kuh m-pleet] /ˌɪn kəmˈplit/

not complete; lacking some part.
Football. (of a forward pass) not completed; not caught by a receiver.
Engineering. noting a truss the panel points of which are not entirely connected so as to form a system of triangles.
Compare (def 8), (def 5c).
Logic, Philosophy.

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.
not complete or finished
not completely developed; imperfect


late 14c., from Latin incompletus “incomplete,” from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + completus (see complete).


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    noun 1. a miscarriage in which some fetal or placental tissue remains in the uterus. incomplete abortion in·com·plete abortion (ĭn’kəm-plēt’) n. Abortion in which all of the products of conception are not expelled from the uterus.

  • Incomplete antibody

    incomplete antibody n. See serum agglutinin.

  • Incomplete antigen

    incomplete antigen n. See hapten.

  • Incomplete-dominance

    noun 1. the appearance in a heterozygote of a trait that is intermediate between either of the trait’s homozygous phenotypes. incomplete dominance n. A heterozygous condition in which both alleles at a gene locus are partially expressed and which often produces an intermediate phenotype. incomplete dominance (ĭn’kəm-plēt’) Genetics The fact or condition of being codominant.

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