imperfect


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imperfect

adjective abortive, average, bad, below par, blemished, broken, corrupt, crippled, crude, damaged, decrepit, defective, deficient, deteriorated, disfigured, fair, faulty, feeble, flawed, fragmentary, frail, garbled, hurt, impaired, imperfectus, inadequate, indifferent, inelegant, inexact, inferior, infirm, injured, insufficient, lacking, lame, limited, marred, mediocre, middling, moderate, mutilated, ordinary, out of order, partial, passable, peccable, poor, raw, rickety, rough, ruined, scanty, short, tainted, tolerable, uncompleted, uncultured, undeveloped, unfinished, unpolished, unsatisfactory, unsuitable, wanting, warped, weak
Associated concepts: imperfect description, imperfect grant, imperfect performance, imperfect title
See also: bad, blemished, defective, deficient, dilapidated, errant, fallible, faulty, inchoate, incorrect, inexact, inferior, insufficient, marred, partial, peccable, perfunctory, poor, unsatisfactory, unsound, vicious

IMPERFECT. That which is incomplete.
     2. This term is applied to rights and obligations. A man has a right to be relieved by his fellow-creatures, when in distress; but this right he cannot enforce by law; hence it is called an imperfect right. On the other hand, we are bound to be grateful for favors received, but we cannot be compelled to perform such imperfect obligations. Vide Poth. Ob. arc. Preliminaire; Vattel, Dr. des Gens, Prel. notes, Sec. 17; and Obligations.

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As the romance is imperfect, we are not acquainted how the discovery takes place; but it is probably much in the same manner as in other narratives turning on the same subject, where the host, apprehensive of death for having trespassed on the respect due to his Sovereign, while incognito, is agreeably surprised by receiving honours and reward.
I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.
He was to do this without the help of any written or printed specimens, with nothing in the shape of a grammar or analysis, but merely by oral communication with his Indian instructor, or with other natives, who, however comparatively intelligent, must from the nature of the case have been very imperfect teachers.
His manner was impressive enough, if his English was childishly imperfect when compared with the fluency of Mr.
Even to himself he knew that that was an effort of imagination founded on imperfect memory.
And it was the touch of the imperfect upon the would-be perfect that gave the sweetness, because it was that which gave the humanity.
the ideal state seems far away, and we find a dispassionate survey of imperfect states, the best ways of preserving them, and an analysis of the causes of their instability.
But I speak of it with the imperfect knowledge of one who was never able to read it quite through, and I have really no right to speak of it.
Between the purely physical rykor and the purely mental kaldane there was little choice; but in the happy medium of normal, and imperfect man, as she knew him, lay the most desirable state of existence.
It must have specks, it must be imperfect, it must only be dyed black.
In point of resemblance to the human form this image was imperfect.
You who consult us in this imperfect way--you do not understand.