imperfect


imperfect
imperfect im‧per‧fect [ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt ǁ -ɜːr-] adjective
1. MANUFACTURING imperfect goods, products etc have not been made completely correctly:

• Years ago, manufacturers used shopping malls to unload imperfect goods.

2. ECONOMICS used to describe markets or competition where competing products cannot be compared exactly because they are not exactly the same, not everyone has complete information about them etc. Most real markets are imperfect:

• For advocates of market allocation, government is a major source of imperfect competition.

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imperfect UK US /ɪmˈpɜːfɪkt/ adjective
PRODUCTION damaged or not made correctly: »

Yolk products are made from the cracked, deformed, or otherwise imperfect eggs that don't make it past quality-control standards.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Imperfect — Im*per fect, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See {Perfect}.] 1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient. [1913 Webster] Something he left… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imperfect — IMPERFÉCT, Ă, imperfecţi, te, adj. (Adesea adverbial) Lipsit de perfecţiune; cu defecte, cu lipsuri. ♢ Timp imperfect (şi substantivat, n.) = timp verbal care aparţine modului indicativ şi care exprimă o acţiune din trecut, neterminată în… …   Dicționar Român

  • imperfect — im·per·fect adj: not perfect or complete: as a: not enforceable: enforceable only under certain conditions an imperfect obligation b: lacking an element otherwise required by law compare perfect Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam …   Law dictionary

  • Imperfect — Im*per fect ([i^]m*p[ e]r f[e^]kt), n. (Gram.) The imperfect tense; or the form of a verb denoting the imperfect tense. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imperfect — [im pʉr′fikt] adj. [ME inperfit < OFr imparfit < L imperfectus: see IN 2 & PERFECT] 1. not finished or complete; lacking in something 2. not perfect; having a defect, fault, or error 3. Gram. in certain inflected languages, designating or… …   English World dictionary

  • Imperfect — Im*per fect, v. t. To make imperfect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imperfect us — index defective, executory, imperfect Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • imperfect — англ. [импэ/фикт] imperfetto ит. [импэрфэ/тто] несовершенный (каданс) …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • imperfect — (adj.) mid 14c., imperfite, from O.Fr. imparfait, from L. imperfectus unfinished, incomplete, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + perfectus (see PERFECT (Cf. perfect)). Replaced mid 16c. by the Latin form.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • imperfect — [adj] flawed amiss, below par, bottom of barrel*, broken, damaged, defective, deficient, disfigured, dud*, faulty, few bugs*, garbage*, immature, impaired, incomplete, inexact, injured, junk*, lemon*, limited, low, marred, minus, partial, patchy …   New thesaurus


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