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im·per·fect

 (ĭm-pûr′fĭkt)
adj.
1. Not perfect.
2. Grammar Of or being the tense of a verb that shows, usually in the past, an action or a condition as incomplete, continuous, or coincident with another action.
3. Botany Having either stamens or a pistil only. Used of a flower.
4. Not reproducing sexually. Used of fungi.
5. Law Potentially unenforceable; limited or defective: an imperfect right of self defense.
n.
1. A piece of merchandise having a minor flaw that does not impair its use, usually sold at a discount.
2. Grammar
a. The imperfect tense.
b. A verb in the imperfect tense.

[Middle English imparfit, from Old French imparfait, from Latin imperfectus : in-, not; see in-1 + perfectus, perfect; see perfect.]

im·per′fect·ly adv.
im·per′fect·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.imperfectly - in an imperfect or faulty wayimperfectly - in an imperfect or faulty way; "The lobe was imperfectly developed"; "Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss if she practiced more"- Jane Austen
perfectly - in a perfect or faultless way; "She performed perfectly on the balance beam"; "spoke English perfectly"; "solved the problem perfectly"
Translations
بِصورَة غَير تامَّه
nedokonale
fejlbehæftetmangelfuldt
tökéletlenül
ekki til fullnustu
nedokonale
eksik/noksan bir şekilde

imperfectly

[ɪmˈpɜːfɪktlɪ] ADV [design, create] → de manera defectuosa
this process is still imperfectly understood by scientistslos científicos aún no entienden completamente este proceso, los científicos tienen aún un conocimiento limitado de este proceso
she spoke English, though imperfectlyhablaba inglés, aunque no perfectamente

imperfectly

[ɪmˈpɜːrfɪktli] adv [speak a language] → imparfaitement
imperfectly understood → imparfaitement compris(e)

imperfectly

advunvollkommen; (= incompletely)unvollständig

imperfectly

[ɪmˈpɜːfɪktlɪ] advin modo imperfetto
an imperfectly produced copy → una copia imperfetta

imperfect

(imˈpəːfikt) adjective
1. having a fault. This coat is being sold at half-price because it is imperfect.
2. (also noun) (a verb) of the tense expressing an action or state in the past which is not completed. The verb `go' in `I was going' is in the imperfect tense.
imˈperfectly adverb
ˌimperˈfection (-ˈfekʃən) noun
(the state of having) a fault or defect.
References in classic literature ?
She understood French imperfectly unless directly addressed, and the voices were only part of the other drowsy, muffled sounds lulling her senses.
continued Magua, tearing aside the slight calico that very imperfectly concealed his painted breast; "here are scars given by knives and bullets--of these a warrior may boast before his nation; but the gray-head has left marks on the back of the Huron chief that he must hide like a squaw, under this painted cloth of the whites.
Hepzibah's form, though its sable outline mingled with the dusk, was now less imperfectly visible.
Yet there were intervals when the whole scene, in which she was the most conspicuous object, seemed to vanish from her eyes, or, at least, glimmered indistinctly before them, like a mass of imperfectly shaped and spectral images.
But I felt it; and it did not disincline me towards him; though I felt impatience at what seemed like mystery in him, so imperfectly as he was known to me then.
That is precisely what is done at present, except that the transfer of the workers is accomplished blindly and imperfectly, by rumors and advertisements, instead of instantly and completely, by a universal government bulletin.
Elinor placed all that was astonishing in this way of acting to his mother's account; and it was happy for her that he had a mother whose character was so imperfectly known to her, as to be the general excuse for every thing strange on the part of her son.
He knew very well, that in his horror of the deed which had culminated the bad deeds and bad reputation of the old family house, in his resentful suspicions of his uncle, and in the aversion with which his conscience regarded the crumbling fabric that he was supposed to uphold, he had acted imperfectly.
I am imperfectly consoled for this disappointment by the sacred pledge, the perished flower.
Wemmick as we went along, to see what he was like in the light of day, I found him to be a dry man, rather short in stature, with a square wooden face, whose expression seemed to have been imperfectly chipped out with a dull-edged chisel.
It might seem singular that Nancy--with her religious theory pieced together out of narrow social traditions, fragments of church doctrine imperfectly understood, and girlish reasonings on her small experience--should have arrived by herself at a way of thinking so nearly akin to that of many devout people, whose beliefs are held in the shape of a system quite remote from her knowledge--singular, if we did not know that human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barriers of system.
Even the very place of his captivity was uncertain, and his fate but very imperfectly known to the generality of his subjects, who were, in the meantime, a prey to every species of subaltern oppression.