[ im-pur-fikt ]
/ ɪmˈpɜr fɪkt /
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of, relating to, or characterized by defects or weaknesses: imperfect vision.
not perfect; lacking completeness: imperfect knowledge.
Grammar. noting action or state still in process at some temporal point of reference, particularly in the past.
Law. being without legal effect or support; unenforceable.
Botany. (of a flower) diclinous.
Music. of or relating to the interval of a major or minor third or sixth.Compare perfect (def. 13a).
the imperfect tense.
another verb formation or construction with imperfect meaning.
a form in the imperfect, as Latin portābam, “I was carrying.”
OTHER WORDS FOR imperfect
OPPOSITES FOR imperfect
2 complete, developed.
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Origin of imperfect
OTHER WORDS FROM imperfectim·per·fect·ly, adverbim·per·fect·ness, noun
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How to use imperfect in a sentence
In all my deeds I must have the law before me to condemn mine imperfectness.Lectures on Bible Revision|Samuel Newth
Thus, by their rule, the imperfectness of capitalism was revealed.The Positive Outcome of Philosophy|Joseph Dietzgen
Despite the imperfectness of the record, Lever's choice was a singularly happy one.Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. I (of II)|Edmund Downey
With his eye fixed on the Perfect, he makes no allowance for the imperfectness of those who are struggling toward it.By the Christmas Fire|Samuel McChord Crothers
Words have necessarily human limitations and imperfectness, because of their purely human origin.The Covenant of Salt|Henry Clay Trumbull
British Dictionary definitions for imperfect
/ (ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt) /
exhibiting or characterized by faults, mistakes, etc; defective
not complete or finished; deficient
- (of flowers) lacking functional stamens or pistils
- (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)
- (of a cadence) proceeding to the dominant from the tonic, subdominant, or any chord other than the dominant
- of or relating to all intervals other than the fourth, fifth, and octaveCompare perfect (def. 9)
- the imperfect tense
- a verb in this tense
Derived forms of imperfectimperfectly, adverbimperfectness, noun
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