Adjective "imperfect" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not perfect; faulty or incomplete.
  1. 'It's imperfect in the way that all low-budget features are.'
  2. 'It was one of my great disappointments with my father; we're all imperfect, but he just never accepted responsibility.'
  3. 'Because we are human and imperfect, forgiveness can be very difficult for us.'
  4. 'It makes no sense in a machine world to limit the functionality of perfect components so that imperfect components don't wear out or break - certainly not if you can replace them.'
  5. 'In a country that doesn't have or especially want an identity card, all forms of identification are imperfect by definition.'
  6. 'He is here following Socrates' method of the elenchus, where you propose a definition, but then throw it away if it is shown to be in some way imperfect.'
  7. 'And thus, it had been the perfect end to the imperfect day.'
  8. 'For once, the concept was great but the execution imperfect.'
  9. 'But like most human institutions, scientific peer review is limited in scope and imperfect.'
  10. 'It's messy and imperfect because we are both of those things.'
(of a tense) denoting a past action in progress but not completed at the time in question.
  1. 'The difficulty comes from the fact that the imperfect here does not coherently offer a continuously unfolding present that would culminate in the receiving of the letter.'
  2. 'Gee, was that an imperfect tense or an indicative?'
(of a cadence) ending on the dominant chord.
  1. 'Another oft-stated rule was that a perfect 5th, unison, or octave should be approached by the nearest imperfect interval.'
(of a gift, title, etc.) transferred without all the necessary conditions or requirements being met.
  1. 'The claimant's evidence was that the purported but imperfect gift had been made a long time previously and not (as the letter said) after receipt of Mr Blake's letter.'


The imperfect tense.


    1. of, relating to, or characterized by defects or weaknesses: imperfect vision.

    2. not perfect; lacking completeness: imperfect knowledge.

    3. Grammar. noting action or state still in process at some temporal point of reference, particularly in the past.

    4. Law. being without legal effect or support; unenforceable.

    5. Botany. (of a flower) diclinous.

    6. Music. of or relating to the interval of a major or minor third or sixth.Compare perfect (def 13a). noun, Grammar.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "markets can be imperfect in ways."

    "debuts can be imperfect to degrees."

    "competitions can be imperfect."

    "informations can be imperfect."

    "worlds can be imperfect."

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    Middle English imparfit, imperfet, from Old French imparfait, from Latin imperfectus, from in- ‘not’ + perfectus (see perfect). The spelling change in the 16th century was due to association with the Latin form.