[ per-fek-tiv ]
/ pərˈfɛk tɪv /


tending to make perfect; conducive to perfection.
Grammar. noting an aspect of verbal inflection, as in Russian, that indicates completion of the action or state denoted by the verb.

noun Grammar.

the perfective aspect.
a form in the perfective.

Origin of perfective

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

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British Dictionary definitions for perfective

/ (pəˈfɛktɪv) /


tending to perfect
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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