Legal Definition and Related Resources of Complete

Meaning of Complete

Finish, accomplish that which one has set out to achieve or that which one contracted to do. service of a document is complete when it is deposited in the mail. See Douglas v Janis, 118 Cat. Rptr. 280, 43 C.A.2d 931. Full, entire, perfect , consummate , not lacking in any particular . Free from deficiency , entire, absolutely finished, filled up, with no part, item or element lacking.

Synonyms of Complete

(Allembracing), adjective

  • absolute
  • all
  • allcomprehending
  • allcomprehensive
  • allcovering
  • allinclusive
  • allpervading
  • allsufficing
  • blanket
  • broadbased
  • capacious
  • comprehensive
  • consummate
  • developed
  • encyclopedic
  • entire
  • exhaustive
  • expansive
  • extensive
  • full
  • global
  • inclusive
  • of great scope
  • overall
  • plenary
  • sweeping
  • thorough
  • thoroughgoing
  • total
  • unconditional
  • undiminished
  • undivided
  • unimpaired
  • unqualified
  • unreduced
  • unreserved
  • unrestricted
  • unsevered
  • utter
  • very thorough
  • wideembracing
  • with no exception
  • without omissions
  • Associated Concepts: complete abandonment
  • complete and adequate remedy at law
  • complete contract
  • complete coverage
  • complete delivery
  • complete jurisdiction
  • complete liquidation
  • complete ownership
  • complete record
  • complete relief
  • complete remedy
  • complete title
  • completed instrument

(Ended), adjective

  • accomplished
  • achieved
  • at an end
  • brought to a conclusion
  • carried through
  • closed
  • completed
  • completive
  • concluded
  • conclusive
  • consummated
  • culminated
  • decided
  • definitive
  • disposed of
  • done
  • effected
  • effectuated
  • executed
  • final
  • finished
  • over
  • performed
  • realized
  • set at rest
  • settled
  • terminated
  • terminational
  • terminative
  • through


  • accomplish
  • achieve
  • apply a closure
  • bring to a close
  • bring to an end
  • bring to conclusion
  • bring to maturity
  • bring to perfection
  • carry out
  • carry through
  • carry to completion
  • clinch
  • close
  • conclude
  • consummate
  • determine
  • discharge
  • dispatch
  • dispose of
  • draw to a close
  • end
  • finalize
  • finish
  • follow through
  • fulfill
  • perfect
  • polish
  • realize
  • seal
  • succeed
  • terminate
  • wind up foreign phrases: Extincto subjecto
  • tollitur adjunctum
  • When the substance is extinguished
  • the incident ceases

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Translate Complete from English to Spanish

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Legal Usage of Complete (to Complete) in English

An European Commission document offers the following explanation about the misused of Complete (to Complete):To ‘complete’ means to finish, end or terminate. It therefore implies that whatever is being completed was somehow incomplete, unfinished, un-ended and in need of termination. In European Union texts, however, this word is often used to mean that something extra has been added to supplement something that, in itself, was actually complete beforehand.


‘The French Republic, in July 2000, proposed a Regulation, to complete Regulation (EC) No 1347/2000, aimed at facilitating, through the abolition of exequatur, the exercise of crossborder rights of access in the case of children of divorced or separated couples, aged up to 16 years46.’


supplement, add to.


See Also

  • Cause
  • Of Action
  • Inchoate
  • Perfect


Further Reading

  • David Mellinkoff, “Mellinkoff’s Dictionary of American Legal Usage”, West Publishing Company, 1992
  • Bryan A. Garner, “A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage”, West Publishing Company, 1995







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