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imperfection

[im-per-fek-shuh n] /ˌɪm pərˈfɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
an imperfect detail; flaw:
a law full of imperfections.
2.
the quality or condition of being imperfect.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English imperfeccio(u)n < Late Latin imperfectiōn- (stem of imperfectiō) incompleteness. See im-2, perfection
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  • Political and social forms could be no more than relative, all touched with imperfection, even though in varying degrees.
  • Another market imperfection is compensation through benefits.
  • We're stuck in this world of corruption, imperfection, and emotional irrationality.
  • The absolute imperfection of living things is a renderer's nightmare.
  • To the extent that high-level theories are imperfect, the imperfection hides in the details of the mapping.
  • Science as a community is subject to the same kind of imperfection as everyone and everything else.
  • Lawbreaking is not an accident, a more or less unavoidable imperfection.
  • However, at the first sight of any imperfection in the appearance of the organic apples, this segment is significantly reduced.
  • Small piece of reflective sheeting material used to cover a defect or imperfection on a sign surface.
  • The degree of imperfection in incentive-setting is one criterion in choosing among payment models.
British Dictionary definitions for imperfection

imperfection

/ˌɪmpəˈfɛkʃən/
noun
1.
the condition or quality of being imperfect
2.
a fault or defect
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Word Origin and History for imperfection
n.

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

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