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Consisting of small, disconnected parts: a picture that emerges from fragmentary information.

frag′men·tar′i·ly (-târ′ə-lē) adv.
frag′men·tar′i·ness n.
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When I come to his connection with Blanche Stroeve I am exasperated by the fragmentariness of the facts at my disposal.
But this stupendous fragmentariness heightened the dreamlike strangeness of her bridal life.
In comparing Romantic and contemporary novels, Schonfelder finds that the same features, such as "conscious attention to language, narrative, and the functions of self- narration," the concern "with issues of voice and audience, listening and reading," as well as ruptures, fragmentariness, and the narrators' "unreliability" (315-16) characterize both the clusters but are considerably more radical in contemporary fiction.
This statement suggests Yuh understands his life in both individual and universal dimensions, and his awareness of quotidian life is not inclined to the fragmentariness and negativity of any theatre of the absurd.
Fiacc's voice is individual and anonymous, personal but de-psychologized, an anti-social voice whose extremes of isolation or fragmentariness give it the ability to speak of and as a community suffering the loss of its communal basis.
Third, the genres of natural history and anatomy resist narrative closure, or the restitution of wholeness, in favour of sustaining fragmentariness and discontinuity through ambivalent laughter.
The traditional grand narrative is thus undermined by contingency, fragmentariness, and manipulation and as far as access to information is concerned.
In previous treatments of "Kubla Khan" the poem is made whole, so that its stated fragmentariness must be understood as something other than its form: an idea, a modality, a condition, a manner, an imperative.
These are the parameters of a problem which for Hardy can only be solved by resituating the "concrete universal" (40) of the lyric in the faithful realization of the subjective experience of autobiographical memory in all its fragmentariness and all its clarity.
This in itself makes the Caribbean a hybrid axis where a multiplicity of races, ethnicities and cultures merge into a bewildering pool leaving no space for unicity but fragmentariness and incoherencies of historical experience (Benitez-Rojo).
The ironic elements in American history can be overcome, in short, only if American idealism comes to terms with the limits of all human striving, the fragmentariness of all human wisdom, the precariousness of all historic configurations of power, and the mixture of good and evil in all human virtue.
This is a consonance that extends to Levi's attempt at rendering the story in as faithful a manner as possible, despite a certain amount of beautification of the novella that includes reducing the choppiness and fragmentariness of the original through the inclusion of pronouns, causal links, and so on.