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

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 Many people, believers and nonbelievers, grow tired of their own imperfection. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 May 2022 The Senate, for all its imperfection, is also a place of great history and moment. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 But his unbound sound also cultivated an air of forgiveness, an allowance of imperfection that only amplified the humanity of the music, while mitigating the distance one can sometimes feel at the foothills of the Fourth. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 This particular Ranchero, a low-mile example owned by the seller since 2014, appears in mostly excellent condition, with only a few areas of imperfection to note. Jacob Kurowicki, Car and Driver, 18 Apr. 2022 Against the crooked imperfection of the word, this happened. Elizabeth Willis, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 Embedded in leadership, embedded in life and embedded in parenting—embedded in every aspect of life—is imperfection and the opportunity to be introspective, to learn and to grow. Caroline Wanga, Essence, 6 Apr. 2022 As much as 20 percent of the world's banana production may be discarded due to damage or imperfection, according to one estimate. Taylore Glynn, Allure, 30 Mar. 2022 Once decorated, each plate is then dipped into glaze, which slightly deteriorates the illustration, but also imbues it with a quality of chance and imperfection that Paravicini finds alluring. Laura May Todd, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of imperfection

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Imperfection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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