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NOUN (1)

1. a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going;
[syn: progressive, progressive tense, imperfect, imperfect tense, continuous tense]


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. not perfect; defective or inadequate;
- Example: "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"
- Example: "imperfect mortals"
- Example: "drainage here is imperfect"

2. wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings;
- Example: "I'm only a fallible human"
- Example: "frail humanity"
[syn: fallible, frail, imperfect, weak]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 v.0.48:

Imperfect \Im*per"fect\, v. t. To make imperfect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 imperfect in the state. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to successful or normal activity. [1913 Webster] He . . . stammered like a child, or an amazed, imperfect person. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Nothing imperfect or deficient left Of all that he created. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Then say not man's imperfect, Heaven in fault; Say rather, man's as perfect as he ought. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Preterimperfect \Pre`ter*im*per"fect\, a. & n. [Pref. preter- + imperfect.] (Gram.) Old name of the tense also called imperfect. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

imperfect adj 1: not perfect; defective or inadequate; "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect" [ant: perfect] 2: wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings; "I'm only a fallible human"; "frail humanity" [syn: fallible, frail, imperfect, weak] n 1: a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going [syn: progressive, progressive tense, imperfect, imperfect tense, continuous tense]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

113 Moby Thesaurus words for "imperfect": adulterated, aggravated, amiss, aorist, base, blemished, broken, burned, burst, busted, checked, chipped, cracked, crazed, cut, damaged, defective, deficient, deteriorated, durative, embittered, erroneous, exacerbated, failing, fallible, faulty, flawed, found wanting, future, future perfect, harmed, historical present, hurt, immature, impaired, imprecise, impure, in bits, in pieces, in shards, inaccurate, inadequate, incompetent, incomplete, inexact, injured, insufficient, irritated, lacerated, lacking, little, makeshift, maladroit, mangled, mean, mediocre, mixed, mutilated, not comparable, not enough, not in it, not perfect, off, out of it, partial, past, past perfect, patchy, perfect, petty, pluperfect, point tense, present, present perfect, preterit, progressive tense, rent, ruptured, scalded, scorched, shabby, shattered, short, sick, sketchy, slashed, slit, small, smashed, split, sprung, tense, the worse for, too little, torn, trivial, undeveloped, unequal to, uneven, unfinished, unperfected, unqualified, unsatisfactory, unsatisfying, unskillful, unsound, unsufficing, unthorough, wanting, weakened, worse, worse off, worsened
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

IMPERFECT. That which is incomplete. 2. This term is applied to rights and obligations. A man has a right to be relieved by his fellow-creatures, when in distress; but this right he cannot enforce by law; hence it is called an imperfect right. On the other hand, we are bound to be grateful for favors received, but we cannot be compelled to perform such imperfect obligations. Vide Poth. Ob. arc. Preliminaire; Vattel, Dr. des Gens, Prel. notes, Sec. 17; and Obligations.