- The definition of imperfect is someone or something that has at least one fault or that is not fully formed or complete.
- 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.
An imperfect glass.
- 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)