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imperfect

[ im-pur-fikt ]
/ ɪmˈpɜr fɪkt /
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adjective

noun Grammar.

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Origin of imperfect

First recorded in 1300–50; from Latin imperfectus “unfinished” (see im-2, perfect); replacing Middle English imparfit, from Middle French imparfait, from Latin, as above

OTHER WORDS FROM imperfect

im·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 forms of imperfect

imperfectly, adverbimperfectness, noun
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