Im`per´fect   Pronunciation: ĭm`pẽr´fĕkt
a.1.Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient.
Something he left imperfect in the state.
- Shak.
Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect.
- Shak.
2.Wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to successful or normal activity.
He . . . stammered like a child, or an amazed, imperfect person.
- Jer. Taylor.
3.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.
Nothing imperfect or deficient left
Of all that he created.
- Milton.
Imperfect arch
an arch of less than a semicircle; a skew arch.
Imperfect cadence
(Mus.) one not ending with the tonic, but with the dominant or some other chord; one not giving complete rest; a half close.
Imperfect consonances
(Mus.) chords like the third and sixth, whose ratios are less simple than those of the fifth and forth.
Imperfect flower
(Bot.) a flower wanting either stamens or pistils.
Imperfect interval
(Mus.) one a semitone less than perfect; as, an imperfect fifth.
- Gray.
Imperfect number
(Math.) a number either greater or less than the sum of its several divisors; in the former case, it is called also a defective number; in the latter, an abundant number.
Imperfect obligations
(Law) obligations as of charity or gratitude, which cannot be enforced by law.
Imperfect power
(Math.) a number which can not be produced by taking any whole number or vulgar fraction, as a factor, the number of times indicated by the power; thus, 9 is a perfect square, but an imperfect cube.
Imperfect tense
(Gram.) a tense expressing past time and incomplete action.
n.1.(Gram.) The imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the imperfect tense.
v. t.1.To make imperfect.
Noun1.imperfect - a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
Adj.1.imperfect - not perfect; defective or inadequate; "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect"
perfect - being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish; "a perfect circle"; "a perfect reproduction"; "perfect happiness"; "perfect manners"; "a perfect specimen"; "a perfect day"
2.imperfect - having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings; "I'm only human"; "frail humanity"
Synonyms: fallible, frail, weak

IMPERFECT. That which is incomplete.
     2. This term is applied to rights and obligations. A man has a right to be relieved by his fellow-creatures, when in distress; but this right he cannot enforce by law; hence it is called an imperfect right. On the other hand, we are bound to be grateful for favors received, but we cannot be compelled to perform such imperfect obligations. Vide Poth. Ob. arc. Preliminaire; Vattel, Dr. des Gens, Prel. notes, Sec. 17; and Obligations.

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Imperfect arch
Imperfect cadence
Imperfect consonances
Imperfect flower
Imperfect interval
Imperfect number
Imperfect obligations
Imperfect power
imperfect tense
imperfective aspect
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