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[im-pur-fikt] /ɪmˈpɜr fɪkt/

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 (def 13a).
noun, Grammar.
the imperfect tense.
another verb formation or construction with imperfect meaning.
a form in the imperfect, as Latin portābam, “I was carrying.”.
exhibiting or characterized by faults, mistakes, etc; defective
not complete or finished; deficient

(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 unenforceable See also executory (sense 1)



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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