[im-per-fek-shuh n]


an imperfect detail; flaw: a law full of imperfections.
the quality or condition of being imperfect.

Origin of imperfection

1350–1400; Middle English imperfeccio(u)n < Late Latin imperfectiōn- (stem of imperfectiō) incompleteness. See im-2, perfection Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of imperfection

  • I resolved to ignore them as far as possible: to treat them, that is to say, as modes of imperfection.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • Part of the night he thought of this imperfection; that is to say, so long as he was awake he thought of Rosa.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • It is impossible, therefore, to fix upon a form of imperfection in the 7.

  • Now, we have got to be so curious in ideals that we cannot away with the thought of imperfection.

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley

  • But this imperfection had hitherto been erroneously accounted for.

British Dictionary definitions for imperfection



the condition or quality of being imperfect
a fault or defect
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Word Origin and History for imperfection

late 14c., from Old French imperfeccion (12c.) and directly from Late Latin imperfectionem (nominative imperfectio), from imperfectus (see imperfect).

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