imperfect

[ im-pur-fikt ]
/ ɪmˈpɜr fɪkt /

adjective

noun Grammar.

Origin of imperfect

1300–50; < Latin imperfectus unfinished (see im-2, perfect); replacing Middle English imparfit < Middle French imparfait < Latin, as above
Related formsim·per·fect·ly, adverbim·per·fect·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for imperfect

imperfect

/ (ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt) /

adjective

noun

grammar
  1. the imperfect tense
  2. a verb in this tense
Derived Formsimperfectly, adverbimperfectness, noun
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Word Origin and History for imperfect

imperfect


adj.

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.

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