imperfect etymology

English word imperfect comes from Latin imperfectus ((grammar) imperfect. Imperfect. Unfinished, incomplete.)

Detailed word origin of imperfect

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
imperfectus Latin (lat) (grammar) imperfect. Imperfect. Unfinished, incomplete.
imparfit Old French (fro)
imperfit Middle English (enm)
imperfect English (eng) (transitive) to make imperfect (grammar) a tense of verbs used in describing a past action that is incomplete or continuous. Something having a minor flaw (botany) unisexual: having either male (with stamens) or female (with pistil) flowers, but not with both.. (obsolete) lacking some elementary organ that is essential to successful or normal activity.. (taxonomy) known or expected to be [...]