progressive, progressive tense, imperfect, imperfect tense, continuous tense(adj)
a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
not perfect; defective or inadequate
"had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect"
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"
Something having a minor flaw
A tense of verbs used in describing a past action that is incomplete or continuous.
unisexual: having either male (with stamens) or female (with pistil) flowers, but not with both.
not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient
wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to successful or normal activity
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
the imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the imperfect tense
to make imperfect
Origin: [L. imperfectus: pref. im- not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See Perfect.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
im-pėr′fekt, adj. incomplete: defective: not fulfilling its design: liable to err.—adv. Imper′fectly.—ns. Imper′fectness, Imperfec′tion.
The numerical value of imperfect in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of imperfect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We live in an imperfect political system.
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult the day he forgives himself he becomes wise.
It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless an important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect, no good work whatever can be perfect.
In completing one discovery we never fail to get an imperfect knowledge of others of which we could have no idea before, so that we cannot solve one doubt without creating several new ones.
The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.
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Translations for imperfect
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- ناقص-غير كاملArabic
- imperfecte, imperfetCatalan, Valencian
- ατελής, ελαττωματικός, ελλιπής, πλημμελής, παρατατικόςGreek
- imperfekti, vajavainen, sekunda, epätäydellinenFinnish
- takarepa, naweMāori
- onvoltooid verleden tijdDutch
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