imperfect

Something imperfect has flaws, errors, or problems. Imperfect is the opposite of perfect.

Imperfect comes from the Latin word imperfectus, meaning “incomplete." If you have an imperfect knowledge of French, you might be able to order a coffee in Paris but not chat with the waiter. Something imperfect is unfinished or damaged in some way. Scuffed silver shoes are imperfect. A great baseball player who makes one error is imperfect. Getting 100 on a test is perfect, but getting a 98 is imperfect. If it’s lacking something, it’s imperfect.

Definitions of imperfect
  1. adjective
    not perfect; defective or inadequate
    “had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities”
    imperfect mortals”
    “drainage here is imperfect
    Synonyms:
    blemished
    marred by imperfections
    broken
    physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
    blemished, flawed
    having a blemish or flaw
    broken
    imperfectly spoken or written
    corrupt, corrupted
    containing errors or alterations
    defective, faulty
    having a defect
    imperfectible
    capable of being made imperfect
    irregular
    falling below the manufacturer's standard
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    Antonyms:
    perfect
    being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
    unblemished, unmarred, unmutilated
    free from physical or moral spots or stains
    unbroken
    not broken; whole and intact; in one piece
    exact
    marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact
    clean
    (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense
    clear
    free from flaw or blemish or impurity
    cold
    marked by errorless familiarity
    complete, consummate
    perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities
    down, down pat, mastered
    understood perfectly
    errorless
    free from error
    faultless, immaculate, impeccable
    without fault or error
    flawless, unflawed
    without a flaw
    ideal
    conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
    idealised, idealized
    exalted to an ideal perfection or excellence
    idyllic
    excellent and delightful in all respects
    mint
    as if new
    perfectible
    capable of becoming or being made perfect
    pluperfect
    more than perfect
    uncorrupted, undefiled
    (of language) not having its purity or excellence debased
    utopian
    characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection
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  2. adjective
    wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
    synonyms: fallible, frail, weak
    human
    having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings
  3. noun
    a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
    synonyms: continuous tense, imperfect tense, progressive, progressive tense
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    types:
    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
    type of:
    tense
    a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
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