An imperfect glass.
- A china dish with a small crack in it is an example of something that would be described as imperfect.
- A map of all of the homes in an area that is not completed is an example of an imperfect map.
The definition of imperfect is someone or something that has at least one fault or that is not fully formed or complete.
- not finished or complete; lacking in something
- not perfect; having a defect, fault, or error
- 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
- Music designating an interval of a major or minor third or sixth
Origin of imperfectMiddle English inperfit ; from Old French imparfit ; from Classical Latin imperfectus: see in- and amp; perfect
- the imperfect tense
- a verb in this tense
- Not perfect.
- Grammar Of or being the tense of a verb that shows, usually in the past, an action or a condition as incomplete, continuous, or coincident with another action.
- Botany Having either stamens or a pistil only. Used of a flower.
- Not reproducing sexually. Used of fungi.
- Law Potentially unenforceable; limited or defective: an imperfect right of self defense.
- A piece of merchandise having a minor flaw that does not impair its use, usually sold at a discount.
- Grammar a. The imperfect tense.b. A verb in the imperfect tense.
Origin of imperfectMiddle English imparfit, from Old French imparfait, from Latin imperfectus : in-, not; see in–1 + perfectus, perfect; see perfect.
(comparative more imperfect, superlative most imperfect)