Definition of imperfection in English:



  • 1A fault, blemish, or undesirable feature.

    ‘the imperfections and injustices in our political system’
    • ‘Nonetheless, she immediately begins to notice all of her husband's physical imperfections.’
    • ‘At the same time, the tiny imperfections break the illusionary surface created by the photographs.’
    • ‘We always condemn ourselves for all of our faults when really it is our imperfections that make us who we are.’
    • ‘Accept the imperfections of your body and make the most of what you have.’
    • ‘But the draft, he said, is likely to be published with its imperfections simply to break the deadlock.’
    • ‘Get a life and fixate on your own physical imperfections rather than mine.’
    • ‘If only we could give them a glimpse of this beautiful world with all its imperfections, diversity, and promise!’
    • ‘As the blooms dry, minor imperfections are magnified and make the dried blossom appear unsightly.’
    • ‘So I'm pig-headedly refusing to take out my chisel and chip away at any slight imperfections.’
    • ‘The economic rationale for the use of the loan instrument hinges on capital market imperfections.’
    • ‘Otherwise, all the test scores were excellent, without even the slightest imperfection.’
    • ‘Dirt, grain, and other major imperfections are noticeably absent.’
    • ‘I think the most beautiful thing about a record is its flaws and imperfections and creepiness.’
    • ‘Only small speckles of white that seemed like imperfections broke the darkness of the blade.’
    • ‘When there was light, it only made you see the imperfections more clearly.’
    • ‘They also increase the number of defects or imperfections in the lattice as an artefact of the deformation.’
    • ‘Efficiency principles dictate that only clear market imperfections justify an appropriately sized tax or subsidy.’
    • ‘The only true imperfections I spotted were a few nicks and scratches in the print.’
    • ‘As she got closer, she could see the small imperfections in the steel.’
    • ‘The colors and black levels are in good shape while any major imperfections are mostly absent.’
    defect, fault, flaw, deformity, discoloration, disfigurement
    flaw, fault, failing, deficiency, weakness, weak point, weak spot, shortcoming, fallibility, frailty, infirmity, foible, inadequacy, limitation
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    1. 1.1mass noun The state of being faulty or incomplete.
      ‘he accepted me without question, in all my imperfection’
      • ‘It's a chewy and challenging look at masculinity today - how it plays out across age and ethnicity, through disability and perceived imperfection.’
      • ‘Age, taste, physical imperfection… there are no barriers to joining the cross subcultural fraternity of body decorators.’
      • ‘There's nothing at all wrong with a bit of human imperfection here and there.’
      • ‘It took years of experimentation before the banks and the public made the system work smoothly - a classic example of how truly original inventions require a startup period of risk and imperfection.’
      • ‘Like other fallen communities, it is now governed by chance and human imperfection.’
      • ‘She said: ‘I always think imperfection is much more interesting than the perfect.’’
      • ‘So never forsake perfection, because then you get imperfection.’
      • ‘He is not aggressive, he doesn't scrub with fury; he simply and patiently removes every fleck, all evidence, of imperfection.’
      • ‘He realized that there was usually a very small period of time between family perfection and family imperfection.’
      • ‘The film is, like its centerpiece child, compelling precisely because it weaves together perfection and imperfection, artistry and reality, reason and sentiment.’
      • ‘The act of translation itself implies imperfection and incompleteness.’
      • ‘Every shot has been artistically approved, but you can have too much of a good thing, however tasteful, and perfection only counts when contrasted against imperfection.’
      • ‘Thus, is imperfection twice removed the only way out?’
      • ‘He reminds me that the only true measure of perfection is normal imperfection that counterpoints it.’
      • ‘So you think there's an underlying thing happening in society as a whole where we do not tolerate pain, imperfection or inadequacy because we're constantly upping the human ante?’
      • ‘And I agree that we live and learn from our elders to a degree but what we are in fact is a mirror of their perfection and imperfection.’
      • ‘Such a course would significantly alter the proper balance between human imperfection and the protection of human life.’
      • ‘Its deliberate visual imperfection demonstrates clearly the intention of identification with the video autobiographies that have been widely produced and seen.’
      • ‘Discovering blessing starts with accepting imperfection, both our own and other's.’
      • ‘It is touching that a man who seeks perfection in himself is so drawn to imperfection in others.’
      flaws, faults, faultiness, irregularity, abnormality, distortion, deformity, malformation, misshapenness
      incompleteness, patchiness, partialness, deficiency
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Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin imperfectio(n-), from imperfectus (see imperfect).