imperfection

noun
im·​per·​fec·​tion | \ ˌim-pər-ˈfek-shən \

Definition of imperfection

: the quality or state of being imperfect also : fault, blemish

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Examples of imperfection in a Sentence

He detected several imperfections in the surface of the jewel. She tried to hide the imperfection in the cloth.

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Researchers have proven that crystals grown in space contain fewer imperfections than those growth on Earth. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Space Crystals Could Lead To New Cancer Drugs," 5 June 2018 However, Lively, whom Reynolds married in 2012, helped him get past his father's imperfections. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Ryan Reynolds: Blake Lively's 'gift for foresight' helped heal relationship with my dad," 24 May 2018 In Serious Eats, Irina Dumitrescu continues to confess to imperfections that so many adults have in common, yet so often refuse to admit. Catherine Cusick, Longreads, "You Don’t Have to Eat It," 14 Feb. 2018 Issa and Molly of Insecure grapple with insecurity (duh), imperfection, race, and relationships. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Why Don't Women on Drama Shows Have Any Friends?," 27 Dec. 2018 While some may be bothered by the imperfections, others love the rustic look and embrace the rich patina that develops over time. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Concrete Countertops: Is the Home Trend All It's Cracked up to Be?," 12 Dec. 2018 Namely, the creative director was inspired by wabi-sabi—a Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Made It Rain Rose Petals At Its Pre-Fall 2019 Show in Tokyo," 27 Nov. 2018 However, the printer’s model type, filament, nozzle size and other factors cause slight imperfections in the patterns. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researcher Discovers Way to Trace 3D-Printed Guns—With a Few Caveats," 15 Oct. 2018 There’s a deliberate imperfection to many of these things, old and new, that gives them an heirloom feel. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Bill Shakespeare Would Be Proud To Live In This House," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of imperfection

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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imperfection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of imperfection

: a small flaw or bad part

: the state of being imperfect : lack of perfection

imperfection

noun
im·​per·​fec·​tion | \ ˌim-pər-ˈfek-shən \

Kids Definition of imperfection

1 : the quality or state of having faults or defects : lack of perfection
2 : a small flaw or fault

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