Let's say you are filling out a form. When you are done you can say, "I have completed this form."

It is in a state of completion because all of the required entries are filled out.

Now, let's say you need to make a few revisions, so the very first thing you do is to erase a field on the form. You've now brought this form to a state of "incompletion"

What verb adequately describes this notion of "to make incomplete?"

e.g. "When I erased this field I have ______ this form." (past tense example)

Something like this? "I have uncompleted this form."

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    The best verb for "to make incomplete" is to make incomplete. More typically you'd use render, though. By erasing a field you render the form incomplete. – RegDwigнt Mar 28 '16 at 18:14
  • Good thought- I like the consistency of "Rendered Complete" vs "Rendered Incomplete" and also fits nicely within software vernacular. – C. Tewalt Mar 28 '16 at 18:22
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    Your acceptance of 'invalidate' when you have made it plain that you're ' not meaning "completion" to mean that the form is "correct." ' is bewildering. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 28 '16 at 22:48
  • @EdwinAshworth I see your point. Semantically you're correct, but I didn't mean to be as restrictive, so I've removed that piece. – C. Tewalt Mar 29 '16 at 2:25

When I erased this field I have invalidated this form.


deprive (an official document or procedure) of legal validity because it contravenes a regulation or law. "a technical flaw in her papers invalidated her nomination" — Google Dictionary

Also instead of saying it is completed, you could consider saying the form is validated and then goes into a valid or invalid state.

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    Hey that's a great word! I think "invalidated" is definitely the best word for "uncompleting" a form. Although I may not say that a "completed" form is a "validated" form- but your point is well made. I would think an "incomplete" form could also be "validated" then go into an invalid state. (Neither here nor there- thanks for you answer) – C. Tewalt Mar 28 '16 at 18:16
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    Also, I'm using this form in a programming context, which makes "invalidated" fit really nicely within that vernacular. – C. Tewalt Mar 28 '16 at 18:18
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    It has to be pointed out that 'invalidated' is not a synonym for 'bring out of a state of completion. A form could be invalidated even if it wasn't previously in a state of completion, for example by filling in an erroneous value. – DJClayworth Mar 28 '16 at 20:58
  • @DJClayworth, agreed it not perfect antoymn for completing, but reading between lines I thought OP could apply validate/invalidate to their scenario. I think there are a lot of state transitions that could be discussed here but likely ruled off-topic. – ķ̢̫̬̺͚̻͚̹̙̔̎ͣ͆͛͛ Mar 28 '16 at 21:44
  • Invalidated is a legal/administrative term. A programming term for something made incomplete (like a line of code in a sequence) is truncate where something missing cuts the sequence in two or leaves off part of the sequence. – Lambie Mar 28 '16 at 21:51

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