fragmentary [frag-muh n-ter-ee] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN adjective consisting of or reduced to; broken; disconnected; incomplete: fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains.
Origin of fragmentary First recorded in 1605–15;+ Related formsfrag·men·tar·i·ly, adverbfrag·men·tar·i·ness, noun Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for fragmentarily Historical Examples of fragmentarily
Of course they do not express his complete views of the mighty subject which they fragmentarily treat.
Not piecemeal, therefore, and fragmentarily, did language arise.
Frederick von Schlegel
All knowledge was in the non-scientific form, or only fragmentarily and inchoately adjusted.
So he got his flute, propped up the book against a vase, and played the tune, whilst she hummed it fragmentarily.
D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for fragmentarily fragmentary adjective made up of fragments; disconnected; incompleteAlso: fragmental Derived Formsfragmentarily, adverbfragmentariness, noun Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for fragmentarily fragmentary adj.
1835 (with an isolated use in Donne from 1611), from+ .
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