Definition of imperfect adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɜːrfɪkt//
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containing faults or mistakes; not complete or perfect synonym flawed an imperfect world an imperfect understanding of English All our sale items are slightly imperfect. Word OriginMiddle English imparfit, imperfet, from Old French imparfait, from Latin imperfectus, from in- ‘not’ + perfectus ‘completed’, from the verb perficere, from per- ‘through, completely’ + facere ‘do’. The spelling change in the 16th cent. was due to association with the Latin form.Extra examples Our understanding of cancer remains imperfect. The system is highly imperfect. These goods are slightly imperfect. What follows is an admittedly imperfect analogy…
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