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  • adv. In an imperfect manner or degree; not fully or completely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an imperfect manner or degree; not fully or completely.

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

  • adv. in an imperfect or faulty way


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imperfect +‎ -ly


  • Speaking on the character of the _product_ of the English schools, Faraday says, 'The whole evidence appears to show that the _reasoning faculties_ [mark, it is here the failure occurs, and here that it shows itself], in all classes of the community, are very imperfectly and insufficiently developed -- _imperfectly, as compared with the natural abilities, insufficiently, when considered with reference to the extent and variety of information with which they are called upon to deal_.'

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 5, May, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • This range is very imperfectly seen from Primiero, and still more imperfectly from the Val di Canali, the perspective in both instances being so abrupt as only to show the peaks in line, one behind the other.

    Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys

  • Mr Toby Chuzzlewit had either received the name imperfectly from his father, or that he had forgotten it, or that he had mispronounced it? and that even at the recent period in question, the Chuzzlewits were connected by a bend sinister, or kind of heraldic over-the-left, with some unknown noble and illustrious House?

    Martin Chuzzlewit

  • -- a phrase imperfectly translatable, meaning, as near as may be, having flitter-mice in his campanile.

    The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 1

  • Modern video players do not reveal video-file suffixes, and captions and subtitles imperfectly capture the spoken words in a video.

    Searching Just got Smarter

  • They must not be argued with, for they are convinced they suffer only for God's sake, and cannot be made to understand they are acting imperfectly, which is a further error in persons so far advanced.

    The Interior Castle or The Mansions

  • While these "imperfectly" marked ballots still contain the voter's political expression, their intent, machines, not being human, can not discern the voter's intent on the ballot.

    Voter intent: Granite State bedrock for election integrity

  • To say that New Orleans' urban mostly black youth are "educationally underserved" is like saying the Saints performed "imperfectly" against Seattle: a huge understatement.

    Archive 2004-09-01

  • And say that we likewise maintain the various traditional restraints that are in fact unlikely to be politically changed, such as imperfectly enforced minimum wage laws, imperfectly enforced tax laws, imperfectly enforced housing laws, and the like.

    The Volokh Conspiracy

  • Rabbi Tucker's proposal, which remains a dissent to the more conservative majority opinions accepted by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, argues that "God's will is not infallibly represented in the Torah, but only imperfectly, in a form that awaits the engagement and honest searching of religious communities."

    Miriam Lazewatsky: Renewal And Rededication: Supporting LGBT Equality During Hanukkah


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  • I've been discovering the potentialities of expression this word has to offer. Ambrose Bierce uses "imperfectly gratifies" as a synonym for "displeases".

    January 3, 2011