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[im-per-fek-shuh n] /ˌɪm pərˈfɛk ʃən/
an imperfect detail; flaw:
a law full of imperfections.
the quality or condition of being imperfect.
Origin of imperfection
1350-1400; Middle English imperfeccio(u)n < Late Latin imperfectiōn- (stem of imperfectiō) incompleteness. See im-2, perfection Unabridged
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  • Each man and each woman of these times is singly but half a creature, and is naturally sensible of its imperfection.

  • I resolved to ignore them as far as possible: to treat them, that is to say, as modes of imperfection.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • On every side he could see his pale, bloated face, here and there distorted and lengthened by some imperfection in the mirror.

  • Part of the night he thought of this imperfection; that is to say, so long as he was awake he thought of Rosa.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • In this series the tendency for imperfection is always confined to the lower flowers, the terminal flower alone being perfect.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
British Dictionary definitions for imperfection


the condition or quality of being imperfect
a fault or defect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for imperfection

late 14c., from Old French imperfeccion (12c.) and directly from Late Latin imperfectionem (nominative imperfectio), from imperfectus (see imperfect).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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