imperfection

noun
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.

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Consider its status on our end-of-the-year list a given, in spite of some imperfections and fumbles. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review: Control is Remedy’s best game yet—and a ray tracing masterpiece," 26 Aug. 2019 And Trump’s affection for dictatorships is squandering the high ground our country has historically been able to occupy, even in the face of our imperfections and inconsistencies. E.j. Dionne Jr., The Mercury News, "Dionne: Trump’s China policy focuses on trade, yet ignores our values," 15 Aug. 2019 Their imperfections are perfect, to me, and important. The New Yorker, "Toni Morrison on Her Last Novel and the Voices of Her Characters," 7 Aug. 2019 His is a train of thought born of wabisabi, the Japanese notion that imperfection is often better than perfection. Richard Morgan, Fortune, "Japan’s Would-Be Silicon Valley Wants You," 23 July 2019 In that way every car is somehow expressive of its imperfections. Mark Mahaney, Smithsonian, "Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory," 10 July 2019 And there are many who try to pick at the imperfections of the experiment, as if catching them in a lie, Sarah says. Billy Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "They quit petroleum, electricity, and money — and found happiness.," 22 June 2019 According to a press release, this sensor technology sees past contaminants and imperfections and scans quickly and accurately. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You Can Lock and Unlock These Cabinets With Just Your Fingerprint," 20 June 2019 Where was the beautiful imperfection of everyday life? Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Inside Snowe’s Takeover of the Millennial Luxury Home Goods Market," 13 June 2019

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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 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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