What does imperfect mean?

Definitions for imperfect
ɪmˈpɜr fɪktim·per·fect

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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"


  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

  6. Origin: [L. imperfectus: pref. im- not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See Perfect.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Imperfect

    im-pėr′fekt, adj. incomplete: defective: not fulfilling its design: liable to err.—adv. Imper′fectly.—ns. Imper′fectness, Imperfec′tion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imperfect in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imperfect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of imperfect in a Sentence

  1. Zaman Ali:

    Every political mean is imperfect.”

  2. House Speaker John Boehner:

    We live in an imperfect political system.


    Perfect Love happens at the most imperfect moments!

  4. William Howard Taft:

    We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.

  5. Gaddameedi Pavan Kumar:

    Life is Imperfect, God created us to try to make it perfect.

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