imperfect cadence


Definition of imperfect cadence

2a : an authentic cadence in which one or both of the final chords are inverted
b : an authentic cadence in which the highest note of the final chord is the third or fifth — compare perfect cadence

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First Known Use of imperfect cadence

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Imperfect cadence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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