Usage examples for imperfectly

  1. The space allotted to book reviews in any newspaper is at best wholly insufficient for anything like adequate criticism, and very generally the reviewer is a person imperfectly equipped for the writing of such criticism. – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  2. Its early history is only imperfectly known. – Cuba, Old and New by Albert Gardner Robinson
  3. As the English orthography is at once singular and faulty, it exhibits the relationship but imperfectly. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  4. You will believe what I have imperfectly written, for you ever trusted my faith, if you have blamed my faults. – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  5. He has to begin by learning painfully and imperfectly what the permanent secretary knows by clear and instant memory. – The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot
  6. She was past the bloom of youth, a pale, nervous little being, and apparently deficient in most of her physical organs, for in addition to being deaf and dumb, she saw but imperfectly. – Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey by Washington Irving
  7. This is the only safe rule to follow in mixed companies, or with people imperfectly trained socially. – The Etiquette of To-day by Edith B. Ordway
  8. So far he has succeeded imperfectly: but he is still trying. – Since Cézanne by Clive Bell
  9. For what is to be our reward, if we do our duty earnestly, however imperfectly? – The Good News of God by Charles Kingsley
  10. They've told me quite imperfectly. – The Lucky Man by Michel Baron, translated by Frank J. Morlock
  11. Similarly, if the danger of naval interference be small and the local conditions ashore imperfectly known, the final choice will be with the general, subject only to the practicable possibilities of the landing place he would choose. – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
  12. Let him take up an imperfectly- formed crystal, or an imperfectly- developed flower, and he can scarcely describe his feelings. – The True Citizen, How To Become One by W. F. Markwick, D. D. and W. A. Smith, A. B.
  13. The raw clay with which the crevices between the logs had been stopped, had fallen out in many places; the roof of long strips of peeled bark was shrivelled by wind and sun, and held in its place by stones and heavy branches of trees, and a square tower of plastered sticks in one corner very imperfectly suggested a chimney. – The Story Of Kennett by Bayard Taylor
  14. This is due in a great measure to the large remedial measures passed first by Mr. Gladstone’ s Government of 1880 to 1895, and afterwards by the Conservative Administration between 1896 and 1905; but it is perhaps even more due to the feeling which has slowly grown up among the agricultural population that, at last, they are being listened to, and that their wants are being attended to, imperfectly, no doubt, but still with sympathy and with a desire to do what can be done to meet them. – The New Irish Constitution by J. H. Morgan
  15. " The whole affair is mysterious, and has to do with laws with which we are most imperfectly acquainted; but this seems to me a presumption worth acting upon. – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  16. He had but imperfectly succeeded. – The Freelands by John Galsworthy
  17. Tatham who cherished some rather strict and old- fashioned notions about women, very imperfectly revealed even to his mother, was momentarily displeased; then lost himself in the pleasure of watching a white hand and arm- for the day was hot and sleeves short- in new positions. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  18. The powder had been imperfectly brushed out of her hair; also she had been crying. – The Twelfth Hour by Ada Leverson
  19. The person to whom he alluded was a French boy, whose mental powers had been imperfectly developed from his childhood. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins