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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.
1350-1400; Middle English imperfeccio(u)n < Late Latin imperfectiōn- (stem of imperfectiō) incompleteness. See im-2, perfection Unabridged
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  • The floors throughout are the original oak, sanded and stained a dark chocolate brown to hide their imperfections.
  • Lastly, it was burned and dodged, and many imperfections in the veins of the leaves were removed.
  • Also, its fragility creates quirks and imperfections, which help make every image unique.
  • The dog does not know that part of your heart has died and that the rest of your life is filled with similar imperfections.
  • He found that imperfections in many materials can be read with ordinary cameras and proper lighting.
  • Cosmic strings, the theories state, are imperfections in space-time akin to the cracks that form as water freezes.
  • The service's director conceded that there were imperfections in the count, and that the actual loss was closer to one million.
  • It has a lot of problems since it is made up of individuals each of whom has imperfections.
  • These imperfections can be manifested as a defective gene, opening the door to a psychological or mental disorder.
  • It took a year to clean up the data and still there were imperfections.
British Dictionary definitions for imperfections


the condition or quality of being imperfect
a fault or defect
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Word Origin and History for imperfections



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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