- (abbreviation, grammar): pf.
From Middle English perfit, from Old French parfit (modern: parfait), from Latin perfectus, perfect passive participle of perficere (“to finish”), from per- (“through, thorough”) + facere (“to do, to make”). Spelling modified 15c. to conform Latin etymology.
- Fitting its definition precisely.
- a perfect circle
- Having all of its parts in harmony with a common purpose.
- That bucket with the hole in the bottom is a poor bucket, but it is perfect for watering plants.
- Without fault or mistake; thoroughly skilled or talented.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Excellent and delightful in all respects.
- a perfect day
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
- (grammar, of a tense or verb form) Representing a completed action.
- (biology) Sexually mature and fully differentiated.
- (botany) Of flowers, having both male (stamens) and female (carpels) parts.
- (analysis) Of a set, that it is equal to its set of limit points, i.e. set A is perfect if A=A'.
- (music) Describing an interval or any compound interval of a unison, octave, or fourths and fifths that are not tritones.
- (of a cocktail) Made with equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
- a perfect Manhattan; a perfect Rob Roy
- (obsolete) Well informed; certain; sure.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
- I am perfect that the Pannonians are now in arms.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Some authorities proscribe the comparative and superlative forms "more perfect" and "most perfect", on the grounds that perfection is an absolute state. Nevertheless, graded forms have been in common use in writing for centuries – for instance the Preamble to the United States Constitution, drafted in 1787, describes its goal as "a more perfect Union". In these cases, "more perfect" can mean "closer to perfection", "less imperfect" or "improving upon an already perfect state".
- (fitting its definition precisely): accurate, flawless
- (without fault or mistake): faultless, infallible
- (thoroughly skilled or talented): expert, proficient
- (biology: sexually mature and fully differentiated): mature
- (botany: having both male and female parts): bisexual, hermaphroditic
- See also Wikisaurus:flawless
- (fitting its definition precisely): flawed
- (without fault or mistake): faulty, faultful, fallible
- (botany: having both male and female parts): imperfect
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perfect (plural perfects)
- (grammar): preterperfect
- (transitive) To make perfect; to improve or hone.
- I am going to perfect this article.
- You spend too much time trying to perfect your dancing.
- (law) To take an action, usually the filing of a document in the correct venue, that secures a legal right.
- perfect an appeal; perfect an interest; perfect a judgment
- ^ 2004, Ann Batko, Edward Rosenheim, When Bad Grammar Happens to Good People: How to Avoid Common Errors in English, Career Press (ISBN 9781564147226), page 136
- ^ 1843, Roswell Chamberlain Smith, Smith's New Grammar, page 144
- ^ 2015, Stephen Spector, May I Quote You on That?: A Guide to Grammar and Usage, Oxford University Press (ISBN 9780190215293), page 161
|Inflection of perfect|
perfect 4 nom/acc forms
perfect n (uncountable)