imperfect

[ im-pur-fikt ]
/ ɪmˈpɜr fɪkt /

adjective

noun Grammar.


Nearby words

  1. imperceptible,
  2. imperception,
  3. imperceptive,
  4. impercipient,
  5. imperf.,
  6. imperfect competition,
  7. imperfect contrition,
  8. imperfect flower,
  9. imperfect fungus,
  10. imperfect stage

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 imperfectly

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 imperfectly

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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