Definitions of imperfect

  1. not perfect; defective or inadequate; " had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; " imperfect mortals"; " drainage here is imperfect"
  2. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient.
  3. Wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to successful or normal activity.
  4. 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.
  5. The imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the imperfect tense.
  6. To make imperfect.
  7. Wanting in completeness, correctness, or excellence; wanting in some organ necessary to usual activity; incomplete; indicating that tense in grammar which expresses past action as uncompleted or continuous at the time denoted.
  8. In grammar, the form of the verb denoting incomplete action.
  9. Imperfectly.
  10. Incomplete: defective: not fulfilling its design: liable to err.
  12. Not perfect; defective.
  13. Not perfect; incomplete; defective.
  14. Indicating past action.
  15. The imperfect tense.
  16. Imperfectness.
  17. Not perfect or complete; defective; subject to defect; liable to err; wanting either stamens or pistils; incomplete. The imperfect tense denotes an action in time past, then present, but not finished. Imperfect number, one which is not equal to the sum of its aliquot parts.
  18. Not completed or finished; defective; in gram., applied to the tense of a verb expressing unfinished action, or time not yet complete, as I was eating.

Usage examples for imperfect

  1. It is imperfect, but the general sense is clear. – Anglo-Saxon Literature by John Earle
  2. It was a work of no small difficulty owing to the imperfect light. – The Care of Books by John Willis Clark
  3. Never having played at any of them, such a description as I might pretend to give, could at best be but imperfect. – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  4. A gentleman who had been requested to look after me attempted to explain what it meant, as the ceremony proceeded, but his English was very imperfect, and I lost a good deal of the show trying to clear up his meaning. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  5. Many birds, for example, have a general instinct to build a nest; but in many cases, if put in artificial circumstances, they build imperfect nests. – The Story of the Mind by James Mark Baldwin
  6. Though the beloved, he was still an imperfect, disciple, as is shown in another incident. – A Life of St. John for the Young by George Ludington Weed
  7. Heavens, is it possible that such a thing can exist in this imperfect world? – Allan and the Holy Flower by H. Rider Haggard
  8. At first the Emperor, with his imperfect knowledge of English, did not exactly understand the child's meaning. – Napoleon's Young Neighbor by Helen Leah Reed
  9. On the other hand, it seemed imperfect as an ideal of life. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  10. With Bishops as a body, and allowing for some notable exceptions, Sydney Smith seems to have had only an imperfect sympathy. – Sydney Smith by George W. E. Russell
  11. And another reason for this preference is the fact that many who give in charity have made such imperfect advances in civilization and Christianity that the intellectual and moral wants of our race make but a feeble impression on the mind. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  12. So that the imperfect image received that which was meant for the perfect one. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  13. Of the first chapter some unconnected fragments only, too imperfect for publication, have been found. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  14. These are the principal links of connection with the previous words, and having noted them, we may proceed to attempt some imperfect consideration of the overwhelming thoughts here contained. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  15. Yet with a desperate courage he kept steadily onward, for the record of observations since the voyage began was too imperfect to serve as a guide to return. – The Good Time Coming by T. S. Arthur
  16. I have a very imperfect recollection of my first interview with this original. – Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, Vol. I (of 2) by John Lloyd Stephens
  17. The whole company united in saying that many blessings had already resulted from the abolition of slavery- imperfect as that abolition was. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  18. Nor shall Achilles give effect to all his words; but one part he shall fulfil, and the other leave half imperfect. – The Iliad of Homer (1873) by Homer