how to pronounce imperfect


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the above transcription of imperfect is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

imperfect is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of imperfect in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… ugly imperfect produce for cheap …”

meanings of imperfect


  1. Lacking some elementary organ that is essential to successful or normal activity.
  2. Unisexual: having either male (with stamens) or female (with pistil) flowers, but not with both.
  3. Known or expected to be polyphyletic, as of a form taxon.
  4. Belonging to a tense of verbs used in describing a past action that is incomplete or continuous.
  5. Not perfect.


  1. A tense of verbs used in describing a past action that is incomplete or continuous.
  2. Something having a minor flaw.


  1. To make imperfect.

imperfect frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word imperfect occurs in english on average 4.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics imperfect can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that imperfect can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

words with pronunciation similar to imperfect


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