imperfect

[im-pur-fikt]
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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

Synonyms for imperfect

Antonyms for imperfect

2. complete, developed.
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British Dictionary definitions for imperfectness

imperfect

adjective

exhibiting or characterized by faults, mistakes, etc; defective
not complete or finished; deficient
botany
  1. (of flowers) lacking functional stamens or pistils
  2. (of fungi) not undergoing sexual reproduction
grammar denoting a tense of verbs used most commonly in describing continuous or repeated past actions or events, as for example was walking as opposed to walked
law (of a trust, an obligation, etc) lacking some necessary formality to make effective or binding; incomplete; legally unenforceableSee also executory (def. 1)
music
  1. (of a cadence) proceeding to the dominant from the tonic, subdominant, or any chord other than the dominant
  2. of or relating to all intervals other than the fourth, fifth, and octaveCompare perfect (def. 9)

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 imperfectness

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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