Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being imperfect.
  • n. Something imperfect; a defect or flaw. See Synonyms at blemish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Those qualities or features that are imperfect; the characteristic, state, or quality of being imperfect.
  • n. Something that makes something else less than perfect; a blemish, impurity, error, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or condition of being imperfect; lack of perfection; incompleteness; deficiency; fault or blemish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or condition of being imperfect; want of perfection; defectiveness; faultiness.
  • n. An imperfect detail; a particular in which perfection is lacking; a defect, physical, mental, or moral.
  • n. Synonyms Defect, deficiency, incompleteness, fault, failing, weakness, frailty, foible, blemish, vice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state or an instance of being imperfect

Etymologies

im- +‎ perfection. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That doesn't mean that we revel in imperfection, as is the implication of The Times 'story - that we have no standards.

    Journalism: product v process (Blog for Democracy)

  • It's true that, as you point out, one can also argue that imperfection is not proved.

    Collins' Deistic Hangover

  • As far as I can tell, any self-tanner I tried was like taking an ink pen and making my every skin imperfection darker, thereby bringing more attention to it.

    triangles

  • It doesn't look so accidental to me; a film that depicts humans achieving peace only at the price of their emotions, their desires, their individuality, and their ability to walk normally seems to understand that imperfection is an intrinsic part of what it means to be human.

    Movie Review: The Invasion

  • Anyway, imperfection is what makes things INTERESTING.

    deadly sins « Magic Lantern Arts

  • All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.

    Wislawa Szymborska - Nobel Lecture

  • This imperfection is caused by plucking the ear when too green.

    Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden

  • It's a calm model of parenting that has built into its core the idea of imperfection; theirs, ours, hers.

    Lowering the Bar

  • Leibniz and for Wolff, pleasure and pain are a direct awareness of perfection or imperfection, that is, of well-being or ill-being.

    HAPPINESS AND PLEASURE

  • His imperfection is the imperfection of a demi-god.

    The Art of Letters

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