Definitions of imperfect

  1. a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on- going
  2. having the attributes of man as opposed to e. g. divine beings; " I'm only human"; " frail humanity"
  3. not perfect; defective or inadequate; " had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; " imperfect mortals"; " drainage here is imperfect"
  4. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient.
  5. Wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to successful or normal activity.
  6. 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.
  7. The imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the imperfect tense.
  8. To make imperfect.
  9. 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.
  10. In grammar, the form of the verb denoting incomplete action.
  11. Imperfectly.
  12. Incomplete: defective: not fulfilling its design: liable to err.
  14. Not perfect; defective.
  15. Not perfect; incomplete; defective.
  16. Indicating past action.
  17. The imperfect tense.
  18. Imperfectness.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

Quotes of imperfect

  1. I'm not suggesting that the play is without fault; all of my plays are imperfect I'm rather happy to say -it leaves me something to do. – Edward Albee
  2. No matter how correct a mathematical theorem may appear to be, one ought never to be satisfied that there was not something imperfect about it until it also gives the impression of being beautiful. – George Boole
  3. Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship; it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting. – Eustace Budgell
  4. Man is imperfect The reality he creates is always endangered by man. – Friedrich Durrenmatt
  5. Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition, it is imperfect and untrue. – Benjamin Haydon
  6. We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. – Angelina Jolie
  7. If, on occasion, the knowledge brought by science leads to an unhappy end, this is not to the discredit of science but is rather an indication of an imperfect ability to use wisely the gifts placed within our hands. – Polykarp Kusch
  8. The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others. – Doug Larson
  9. Like bones to the human body, the axle to the wheel, the wing to the bird, and the air to the wing, so is liberty the essence of life. Whatever is done without it is imperfect – Jose Marti
  10. There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war. – Reinhold Niebuhr
  11. Even as we enumerate their shortcomings, the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear to us our mothers' incredible strength. We fear both. If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect how can we equal them? – Anna Quindlen
  12. It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect – John Ruskin
  13. In justice to human society it may perhaps be said of almost all the polities and civil institutions in the world, however imperfect that they have been founded in and carried on with very considerable wisdom. – Ezra Stiles
  14. International relationships are preordained to be clumsy gestures based on imperfect knowledge. – Rebecca West
  15. To follow imperfect uncertain, or corrupted traditions, in order to avoid erring in our own judgment, is but to exchange one danger for another. – Richard Whately

Usage examples for imperfect

  1. It is imperfect but the general sense is clear. – Anglo-Saxon Literature by John Earle
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Heavens, is it possible that such a thing can exist in this imperfect world? – Allan and the Holy Flower by H. Rider Haggard
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. It was only in the eager enthusiasm of her many pursuits that she buried her sorrows over her neglected and imperfect education; and now a time was approaching when that reflection could no longer be resisted. – The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II) by Charles James Lever
  9. So that the imperfect image received that which was meant for the perfect one. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  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. It was a work of no small difficulty owing to the imperfect light. – The Care of Books by John Willis Clark
  15. 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
  16. On the other hand, it seemed imperfect as an ideal of life. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. I soon saw much that was imperfect but, notwithstanding, the activity which pressed forth on all sides, the vigorous effort, the spiritual endeavour of the life around me, which carried me away with it as it did all other men who came within its influence, convinced me that here I should presently be able to resolve all my difficulties. – Autobiography of Friedrich Froebel by Friedrich Froebel