- perfect with respect to a temporal point of reference in time to come; completed with respect to a time in the future, especially when incomplete with respect to the present.
- noting or pertaining to a tense or other verb formation or construction with such reference.
- the future perfect tense.
- another verb formation or construction with future perfect meaning.
- a form in the future perfect, as He will have come.
Origin of future perfect
First recorded in 1895–1900
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- denoting a tense of verbs describing an action that will have been performed by a certain time. In English this is formed with will have or shall have plus the past participle
- the future perfect tense
- a verb in this tense
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