American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not perfect.
- adj. Grammar Of or being the tense of a verb that shows, usually in the past, an action or a condition as incomplete, continuous, or coincident with another action.
- adj. Botany Having either stamens or a pistil only. Used of a flower.
- adj. Law Not legally enforceable: an imperfect contract.
- n. A piece of merchandise having a minor flaw that does not impair its use, usually sold at a discount.
- n. Grammar The imperfect tense.
- n. Grammar A verb in the imperfect tense.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not perfect; lacking completeness, correctness, or excellence; falling short of a standard or ideal; defective; incomplete: as, an imperfect copy of a book; imperfect vision.
- Characterized by or subject to defects; not completely good; frail; inadequate.
- In gram., designating incomplete or continuous action, or action or condition conceived as in process when something else takes place, as in Latin amabat, French aimait, Greek
ε%27λνε, as distinguished from the simple past forms (aoristic), without further implication, amavit, aima, ε%27λνσε. In the languages most familiar to us only past time is thus distinguished; and hence the English simple past tense, or preterit, is often, but improperly, called imperfect.
- In music. See the phrases below.
- Unjust; unfair.
- Weak, erring.
- n. In grammar, an imperfect tense; a past continuous tense.
- To render imperfect.
- adj. Not perfect
- adj. botany unisexual: having either male (with stamens) or female (with pistil) flowers, but not with both.
- adj. taxonomy Known or expected to be polyphyletic, as of a form taxon.
- n. Something having a minor flaw
- n. grammar A tense of verbs used in describing a past action that is incomplete or continuous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient.
- adj. Wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to successful or normal activity.
- 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.
- n. (Gram.) The imperfect tense; or the form of verb denoting the imperfect tense.
- v. obsolete To make imperfect.
- n. a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
- adj. wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
- adj. not perfect; defective or inadequate
- im- + perfect (Wiktionary)
- Middle English imparfit, from Old French imparfait, from Latin imperfectus : in-, not; see in-1 + perfectus, perfect; see perfect. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In place of these programs and the premiums we now contribute to them, and along with catastrophic insurance, the government should create a new form of health savings account — a vehicle that has existed, though in imperfect form, since 2003.”
“I see fleeting planets spin, warp, cut in imperfect time and mothers, heart-twisted all bidding you open your mouth, little love.”
“Catholics that are not reconciled to the Church by means of the sacraments are also in imperfect communion, no?”
“What makes the comparison of the perfect Taj and the “perfect” Apple so imperfect is that the vision of the Taj came from the heart, while the Apple products are for a specific customer segment who are willing to pay a premium.”
“WD: I find superheroes kind of dull, so Ethan was meant to be imperfect from the start.”
“Rabbi Yaakov and Rebbetzin Yosefa free, delicious popcorn knowing that being imperfect is just fine endorphins and serotonin sixties-revival music feeling rich and lucky”
“And too often, balls were called "perfect" before they stopped rolling in imperfect spots.”
“And second, that our government, although imperfect, is working well enough to investigate possible malfeasance.”
“Whatever steps are taken, however small and imperfect, is a huge improvement over the current White House stance (and yours too) that global warming is a myth.”
“This can be an incredibly complex process, and can easily result in imperfect results that are believed to be accurate.”
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