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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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In contrast to maladaptive perfectionists' approach to goals and standards, adaptive perfectionists seem to be able to let go of attaining the high standards with significantly less distress than do maladaptive perfectionists (Slaney & Ashby, 1996).
Because the rational approach provided support and meaningful interpretation of the perfectionist types of the clustering solution, and the rational approach might yield a different classification with different cut-offscores that defined high and low scorers, it was deemed appropriate to focus on the empirical cluster types in subsequent analyses.
It also investigated whether the students who were classified as adaptive perfectionists would report significantly higher multidimensional life satisfaction than would students who were classified as maladaptive and nonperfectionists.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your perfectionist tendencies are getting in your way.
Over on the left side of the Sunstein spectrum are the "perfectionists," who see the open-ended language of the Constitution as an invitation to "perfect" the law by fashioning new types of rights that they think are consistent with appropriate constitutional values.
What is the point of being a perfectionist, after all, if your perfect work never sees the light of day?
The stress of modern living often forces children to be perfectionists. This in turn, increases their anxiety levels later in life.
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If you have a perfectionist on your team, you may find that his rigid standards hinder productivity and cause unwanted conflict.
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