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IMPERFECT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does imperfect mean? 

IMPERFECT (noun)
  The noun IMPERFECT has 1 sense:

1. a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going

  Familiarity information: IMPERFECT used as a noun is very rare.


IMPERFECT (adjective)
  The adjective IMPERFECT has 2 senses:

1. not perfect; defective or inadequate
2. having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings

  Familiarity information: IMPERFECT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPERFECT (noun)


Sense 1imperfect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

continuous tense; imperfect; imperfect tense; progressive; progressive tense

Hypernyms ("imperfect" is a kind of...):

tense (a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "imperfect"):

present progressive; present progressive tense (a tense used to express action that is on-going at the time of utterance)

past progressive; past progressive tense (a progressive tense used to describe on-going action in the past)

future progressive; future progressive tense (a progressive tense used to express action that will be on-going in the future)


IMPERFECT (adjective)


Sense 1imperfect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not perfect; defective or inadequate

Context examples:

had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities / imperfect mortals / drainage here is imperfect

Similar:

defective; faulty (having a defect)

corrupt; corrupted (containing errors or alterations)

broken (imperfectly spoken or written)

blemished; flawed (having a blemish or flaw)

imperfectible (capable of being made imperfect)

Also:

broken (physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split)

blemished (marred by imperfections)

Attribute:

flawlessness; ne plus ultra; perfection (the state of being without a flaw or defect)

Antonym:

perfect (being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish)


Sense 2imperfect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings

Synonyms:

imperfect; frail; fallible; weak

Context examples:

I'm only a fallible human / frail humanity

Similar:

human (having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings)


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