imperfect


imperfect
imperfect [im pʉr′fikt]
adj.
[ME inperfit < OFr imparfit < L imperfectus: see IN-2 & PERFECT]
1. not finished or complete; lacking in something
2. not perfect; having a defect, fault, or error
3. Gram. in certain inflected languages, designating or of the tense of a verb that indicates a past action or state as uncompleted, continuous, customary, or going on at the same time as another: “was writing” and “used to write” are English forms corresponding to the imperfect tense in such languages
4. Music designating an interval of a major or minor third or sixth
n.
1. the imperfect tense
2. a verb in this tense
imperfectly
adv.
imperfectness
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Imperfect — Im*per fect, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See {Perfect}.] 1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient. [1913 Webster] Something he left… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imperfect — IMPERFÉCT, Ă, imperfecţi, te, adj. (Adesea adverbial) Lipsit de perfecţiune; cu defecte, cu lipsuri. ♢ Timp imperfect (şi substantivat, n.) = timp verbal care aparţine modului indicativ şi care exprimă o acţiune din trecut, neterminată în… …   Dicționar Român

  • imperfect — im·per·fect adj: not perfect or complete: as a: not enforceable: enforceable only under certain conditions an imperfect obligation b: lacking an element otherwise required by law compare perfect Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam …   Law dictionary

  • imperfect — im‧per‧fect [ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt ǁ ɜːr ] adjective 1. MANUFACTURING imperfect goods, products etc have not been made completely correctly: • Years ago, manufacturers used shopping malls to unload imperfect goods. 2. ECONOMICS used to describe markets or… …   Financial and business terms

  • Imperfect — Im*per fect ([i^]m*p[ e]r f[e^]kt), n. (Gram.) The imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the imperfect tense. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imperfect — Im*per fect, v. t. To make imperfect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imperfect us — index defective, executory, imperfect Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • imperfect — англ. [импэ/фикт] imperfetto ит. [импэрфэ/тто] несовершенный (каданс) …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • imperfect — (adj.) mid 14c., imperfite, from O.Fr. imparfait, from L. imperfectus unfinished, incomplete, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + perfectus (see PERFECT (Cf. perfect)). Replaced mid 16c. by the Latin form.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • imperfect — [adj] flawed amiss, below par, bottom of barrel*, broken, damaged, defective, deficient, disfigured, dud*, faulty, few bugs*, garbage*, immature, impaired, incomplete, inexact, injured, junk*, lemon*, limited, low, marred, minus, partial, patchy …   New thesaurus


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