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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IMPERFECTLY

Lady Glistonbury had but imperfectly recovered her recollection.

These questions of nutrition are still so imperfectly studied and understood!

A cup of tea made him remember but imperfectly what had happened.

What had been the early life of this person was but imperfectly known.

These difficulties are but imperfectly answered by Socrates in what follows.

It is an organism, though as yet an imperfectly developed one.

Faculties and instincts may I think be imperfectly separated.

The Dusties learned simple things, but only slowly and imperfectly.

So the pineapple is really a moss; only it is a moss that flowers but 'imperfectly.'

It was evident that the bone had been broken, and that the fracture had been imperfectly set.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., imperfite, from Old French imparfait, from Latin imperfectus "unfinished, incomplete," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + perfectus (see perfect). Replaced mid-16c. by the Latin form. Related: Imperfectly.

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