imperfect

/ɪmˈpɜfəkt / (say im'perfuhkt)

adjective
1. characterised by or subject to defects.
2. not perfect; lacking completeness: imperfect vision.
3. Botany (of a flower) lacking certain parts.
4. Grammar designating a tense which denotes action going on but not completed, especially in the past. For example, in the sentence He was building the wall when it happened, was building is in the imperfect tense. Compare perfect (def. 12), pluperfect (def. 1).
5. Law without legal effect or support; unenforceable.
6. Music denoting the consonances of third and sixth. Compare perfect (def. 13a).
noun
7.
a. the imperfect tense.
b. a form therein.
{Latin imperfectus unfinished; replacing Middle English imparfit, from French imparfait}
imperfectly, adverb
imperfectness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Imperfect — Im*per fect, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See {Perfect}.] 1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient. [1913 Webster] Something he left… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imperfect — IMPERFÉCT, Ă, imperfecţi, te, adj. (Adesea adverbial) Lipsit de perfecţiune; cu defecte, cu lipsuri. ♢ Timp imperfect (şi substantivat, n.) = timp verbal care aparţine modului indicativ şi care exprimă o acţiune din trecut, neterminată în… …   Dicționar Român

  • imperfect — im·per·fect adj: not perfect or complete: as a: not enforceable: enforceable only under certain conditions an imperfect obligation b: lacking an element otherwise required by law compare perfect Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam …   Law dictionary

  • imperfect — im‧per‧fect [ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt ǁ ɜːr ] adjective 1. MANUFACTURING imperfect goods, products etc have not been made completely correctly: • Years ago, manufacturers used shopping malls to unload imperfect goods. 2. ECONOMICS used to describe markets or… …   Financial and business terms

  • Imperfect — Im*per fect ([i^]m*p[ e]r f[e^]kt), n. (Gram.) The imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the imperfect tense. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imperfect — [im pʉr′fikt] adj. [ME inperfit < OFr imparfit < L imperfectus: see IN 2 & PERFECT] 1. not finished or complete; lacking in something 2. not perfect; having a defect, fault, or error 3. Gram. in certain inflected languages, designating or… …   English World dictionary

  • Imperfect — Im*per fect, v. t. To make imperfect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imperfect us — index defective, executory, imperfect Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • imperfect — англ. [импэ/фикт] imperfetto ит. [импэрфэ/тто] несовершенный (каданс) …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • imperfect — (adj.) mid 14c., imperfite, from O.Fr. imparfait, from L. imperfectus unfinished, incomplete, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + perfectus (see PERFECT (Cf. perfect)). Replaced mid 16c. by the Latin form.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • imperfect — [adj] flawed amiss, below par, bottom of barrel*, broken, damaged, defective, deficient, disfigured, dud*, faulty, few bugs*, garbage*, immature, impaired, incomplete, inexact, injured, junk*, lemon*, limited, low, marred, minus, partial, patchy …   New thesaurus

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