[ per-fek-tiv ]

  1. tending to make perfect; conducive to perfection.

  2. Grammar. noting an aspect of verbal inflection, as in Russian, that indicates completion of the action or state denoted by the verb.

  1. the perfective aspect.

  2. a form in the perfective.

Origin of perfective

From the Medieval Latin word perfectīvus, dating back to 1590–1600. See perfect, -ive

Other words from perfective

  • per·fec·tive·ly, adverb
  • per·fec·tive·ness, per·fec·tiv·i·ty [pur-fek-tiv-i-tee], /ˌpɜr fɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/, noun
  • un·per·fec·tive, adjective
  • un·per·fec·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·per·fec·tive·ness, noun

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How to use perfective in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for perfective


/ (pəˈfɛktɪv) /

  1. tending to perfect

  2. grammar denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages, including English, used to express that the action or event described by the verb is or was completed: I lived in London for ten years is perfective; I have lived in London for ten years is imperfective, since the implication is that I still live in London

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