im·​per·​fec·​tion | \ ˌim-pər-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce imperfection (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Used copies that have slight imperfections are selling on eBay for $35 to $200. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Check the attic! These 8 old tech items could be worth a lot of money," 13 Feb. 2020 For the even slightly flabby, a leather shirt accentuates imperfections. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Can I Wear a Leather Shirt Without Looking Smarmy?," 29 Jan. 2020 At very low velocity, some random group of slightly larger-than-average imperfections will be the proverbial last straw that will stop the object dead. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Natural Law and Elegant Math’," 17 Jan. 2020 But it’s also defined by rounded bellies, shimmering silver hair, and mundane imperfections. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 The plasma inside a tokamak is held there by magnetic fields, and these are prone to imperfections that can turn into disruptive flaws. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building an Artificial Sun," 20 Dec. 2019 Or like last year, will IU's imperfections prove too much in conference play? Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "Archie Miller on IU basketball re-entering Big Ten play: 'We've got to get better.'," 3 Jan. 2020 But because any imperfections would mess up the circuitry that the silicon must bear, the whole block has to be one continuous latticework of atoms, a single crystal. The Economist, "A look inside the factory around which the modern world turns," 18 Dec. 2019 In some players those imperfections are physical, such as an injury history or slow 40 time. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "How the NFL separates good from great when evaluating talent," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of imperfection

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Feb 2020

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“Imperfection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of imperfection

: a small flaw or bad part
: the state of being imperfect : lack of perfection


im·​per·​fec·​tion | \ ˌim-pər-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce imperfection (audio) \

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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