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Meaning of IMPERFECT

Pronunciation:  im'purfikt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
  2. [adj]  having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings; "I'm only human"; "frail humanity"
  3. [adj]  not perfect; defective or inadequate; "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect"
 

IMPERFECT is a 9 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: blemished, broken, continuous tense, corrupt, corrupted, defective, fallible, faulty, flawed, frail, human, imperfect tense, progressive, progressive tense, weak
 
 Antonyms: perfect
 
 See Also: future progressive, future progressive tense, past progressive, past progressive tense, present progressive, present progressive tense, tense

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
             Something he left imperfect in the state. --Shak.
    
             Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect. --Shak.
    
    2. Wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to
       successful or normal activity.
    
             He . . . stammered like a child, or an amazed,
             imperfect person.                     --Jer. Taylor.
    
    3. 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.
    
             Nothing imperfect or deficient left Of all that he
             created.                              --Milton.
    
             Then say not man's imperfect, Heaven in fault; Say
             rather, man's as perfect as he ought. --Pope.
    
    {Imperfect arch}, an arch of less than a semicircle; a skew
       arch.
    
    {Imperfect cadence} (Mus.), one not ending with the tonic,
       but with the dominant or some other chord; one not giving
       complete rest; a half close.
    
    {Imperfect consonances} (Mus.), chords like the third and
       sixth, whose ratios are less simple than those of the
       fifth and forth.
    
    {Imperfect flower} (Bot.), a flower wanting either stamens or
       pistils. --Gray.
    
    {Imperfect interval} (Mus.), one a semitone less than
       perfect; as, an imperfect fifth.
    
    {Imperfect number} (Math.), a number either greater or less
       than the sum of its several divisors; in the former case,
       it is called also a {defective number}; in the latter, an
       {abundant number}.
    
    {Imperfect obligations} (Law), obligations as of charity or
       gratitude, which cannot be enforced by law.
    
    {Imperfect power} (Math.), a number which can not be produced
       by taking any whole number or vulgar fraction, as a
       factor, the number of times indicated by the power; thus,
       9 is a perfect square, but an imperfect cube.
    
    {Imperfect tense}
       (Gram), a tense expressing past time and incomplete
              action.
    
    
    
    
  2. \Im*per"fect\, n. (Gram.)
    The imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the
    imperfect tense.
    
    
  3. \Im*per"fect\, v. t.
    To make imperfect. [Obs.]
    
    
 
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