Definitions for imperfectɪmˈpɜr fɪkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•per•fectɪmˈpɜr fɪkt(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by defects or weaknesses:

    imperfect vision.

  2. lacking completeness:

    imperfect knowledge.

  3. of or designating a verb tense or form typically indicating a habitual, repeated, or continuing action or state in the past or an action or state in progress at a point of reference in the past, as Spanish hablaban“they used to speak” or “they were speaking.”

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  4. not enforceable by law.

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  5. (of a flower) having either stamens or pistils; unisexual.

    Category: Botany

  6. (n.)the imperfect tense.

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  7. a verb form in the imperfect tense.

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Origin of imperfect:

1300–50; ME imparfit < MF imparfait < L imperfectus unfinished


Princeton's WordNet

  1. progressive, progressive tense, imperfect, imperfect tense, continuous tense(adj)

    a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going

  2. imperfect(adj)

    not perfect; defective or inadequate

    "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect"

  3. fallible, frail, imperfect, weak(adj)

    wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings

    "I'm only a fallible human"; "frail humanity"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. imperfect(adjective)ɪmˈpɜr fɪkt

    ≠ perfect

    We live in an imperfect world.

  2. imperfectɪmˈpɜr fɪkt

    relating to the imperfect

    the imperfect tense

  3. imperfect(noun)ɪmˈpɜr fɪkt

    the form of a verb that indicates a repeated or unfinished action in the past


  1. imperfect(Noun)

    Something having a minor flaw

  2. imperfect(Noun)

    A tense of verbs used in describing a past action that is incomplete or continuous.

  3. imperfect(Adjective)

    Not perfect

  4. imperfect(Adjective)

    unisexual: having either male (with stamens) or female (with pistil) flowers, but not with both.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imperfect(adj)

    not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient

  2. Imperfect(adj)

    wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to successful or normal activity

  3. Imperfect(adj)

    not fulfilling its design; not realizing an ideal; not conformed to a standard or rule; not satisfying the taste or conscience; esthetically or morally defective

  4. Imperfect(noun)

    the imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the imperfect tense

  5. Imperfect(verb)

    to make imperfect


  1. Imperfect

    The imperfect is a verb form, found in various languages, which combines past tense and imperfective aspect. It can therefore have meanings similar to the English "was walking" or "used to walk". It contrasts with preterite forms, which refer to a single completed event in the past. Traditionally, the imperfect of languages such as Latin and French is referred to as one of the tenses, although in fact it encodes aspectual information in addition to tense. It may be more precisely called past imperfective. When used in relation to English, "imperfect" usually refers to forms like was doing or were doing, but these are more commonly called past progressive or past continuous. The term can take on specific conventional meanings in the grammars of particular languages. In German, Imperfekt was used to refer to the simply conjugated past tense, but the term Präteritum is now preferred, since the form does not carry any implication of imperfective aspect.

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having a fault

This coat is being sold at half-price because it is imperfect.

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