Origin of imperfect
Examples from the Web for imperfect
Even an imperfect messenger is capable of delivering news everyone needs to hear.Bill Cosby Foe Hannibal Buress Joked About Date Rape|Rich Goldstein|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Though the grand jury is an imperfect forum for resolving social issues, it works very well in finding truth.
There was a fear growing inside of me that my imperfect bruised college experience was a reflection of my own damaged self.
The problem was that, at least in Iowa, this model was imperfect.Did a Flawed Computer Model Sabotage the Democrats?|Ben Jacobs|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Himmler, for example, wanted to drop the imperfect British pounds on the United Kingdom by airplane.
Meanwhile, low and imperfect sounds, that had in them more of inanimate than human, assailed her ear.Ormond, Volume III (of 3)|Charles Brockden Brown
I am conscious that while I have taxed your patience, I have given but an imperfect presentation of the subject.Anti-Slavery Opinions before the Year 1800|William Frederick Poole
A baby is not an imperfect being, an unfinished sketch—he is a man.Monsieur, Madame and Bebe, Complete|Gustave Droz
He was, I suppose, judging from the imperfect view-point of my sex, what women call "fascinating."The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8|Ambrose Bierce
A foreigner with an imperfect knowledge of English naturally prefers a doctor to whom he can speak in his own tongue.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for imperfect
- (of flowers) lacking functional stamens or pistils
- (of fungi) not undergoing sexual reproduction
- (of a cadence) proceeding to the dominant from the tonic, subdominant, or any chord other than the dominant
- of or relating to all intervals other than the fourth, fifth, and octaveCompare perfect (def. 9)
- the imperfect tense
- a verb in this tense
Word Origin and History for imperfect
mid-14c., imperfite, from Old French imparfait, from Latin imperfectus "unfinished, incomplete," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + perfectus (see perfect). Replaced mid-16c. by the Latin form. Related: Imperfectly.