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Complete; finished; executed; enforceable; without defect; merchantable; marketable.

To perfect a title is to record or register it in the proper place so that one's ownership will be established against all others.

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(with stress on the second syllable) v. 1) to complete, to take all required steps to achieve a result, such as obtaining a lien or other security by legal action or completing and filing all documents to present a case to a court of appeals. A mechanic's lien for labor and/or materials used to improve real property is "perfected" by filing a lawsuit and obtaining a judgment that the lien attaches to the property. 2) to make perfect. (See: mechanic's lien)

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PERFECT. Something complete.
     2. This term is applied to obligations in order to distinguish those which may be enforced by law, which are called perfect, from those which cannot be so enforced, which are said to be imperfect. Vide Imperfect; Obligations.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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There is another dimension to the cult of perfectibility, and that is centered in the nature of the experience and its environment.
I then explore how this idea complicates Godwin's definitions of institution and his attempt to refound anarchism on the "rational" basis of perfectibility. For Godwin, institution is what posits itself as something foundational, rather than the reified product of contingent circumstance.
But human perfectibility constitutes a visible difference or external manifestation pointing to the presence of liberty in man, and its correlative absence in the animal-machine.
One of Stael's principal strategies to mobilize her cultural capital targets marketing her belief in human perfectibility. A short article published in 1816, a year before her death, summarizes especially clearly a key method that Stael employed throughout her writing career: De l'esprit des traductions.
The foregoing analysis implies that Western-based developmental psychology should expand to include spirit- or Ka-driven development toward perfectibility as the ultimate in human development.
What's missing, however, is the sense of how liberalism transformed itself over time from believing in the possibilities of human perfectibility, to believing in government as an inexhaustible source of patronage and entitlements.
For both thinkers, morality--understood, again, as self-determination and perfectibility according to the ideals of reason--was the foundation of everything.
Today's children are keenly aware of the social quest for bodily perfectibility and are familiar with dieting.
Harold Coward, The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought.
Its faith is in the perfectibility of man, in the authority of experts, and in the need for an all-powerful state to coordinate society at the national level.
Some cling to faith in good intentions and the perfectibility of mankind, don't want to hurt offenders' feelings, don't want a reputation as "pro-state," or just don't want to work after lunch.