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imperfect

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adjective im·per·fect \(ˌ)im-ˈpər-fikt\

Simple Definition of imperfect

  • : having mistakes or problems : not perfect

  • grammar : of or relating to a verb tense used to express an incomplete action in the past or a state that continued for a period of time in the past

Full Definition of imperfect

  1. 1 :  not perfect: as a :  defective b of a flower :  having stamens or pistils but not both c :  lacking or not involving sexual reproduction <the imperfect stage of a fungus>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense used to designate a continuing state or an incomplete action especially in the past

  3. 3 :  not enforceable at law

im·per·fect·ly play \-fik(t)-lē\ adverb
im·per·fect·ness play \-fik(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of imperfect

  1. It's an imperfect solution to a difficult problem.

  2. He had an imperfect understanding of the task.

  3. In He was singing when I came in, was singing is in the imperfect tense.



Origin of imperfect

alteration of Middle English imparfit, from Latin imperfectus, from in- + perfectus perfect


First Known Use: 14th century

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imperfect

noun im·per·fect

Definition of imperfect

  1. :  an imperfect tense; also :  the verb form expressing it



1871

First Known Use of imperfect

1871

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IMPERFECT Defined for Kids

imperfect

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adjective im·per·fect \im-ˈpər-fikt\

Definition of imperfect

  1. :  having a fault of some kind :  not perfect

im·per·fect·ly adverb




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