im·​per·​fec·​tive ˌim-pər-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce imperfective (audio)
of a verb form or aspect
: expressing action as incomplete or without reference to completion or as reiterated compare perfective
imperfective noun

Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of imperfective was in 1844

Dictionary Entries Near imperfective

Cite this Entry

“Imperfective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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