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Definition of "imperfect" []

  • Not perfect. (adjective)
  • 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. (adjective)
  • Botany Having either stamens or a pistil only. Used of a flower. (adjective)
  • Law Not legally enforceable: an imperfect contract. (adjective)
  • A piece of merchandise having a minor flaw that does not impair its use, usually sold at a discount. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "imperfect" in a sentence
  • "In place of these programs and the premiums we now contribute to them, and along with catastrophic insurance, the government should create a new form of health savings account — a vehicle that has existed, though in imperfect form, since 2003."
  • "I see fleeting planets spin, warp, cut in imperfect time and mothers, heart-twisted all bidding you open your mouth, little love."
  • "Catholics that are not reconciled to the Church by means of the sacraments are also in imperfect communion, no?"