- (grammar) Of, or relative to, the perfect tense or perfective aspect.
- Antonym: imperfective
- (obsolete) Tending to make perfect, or to bring to perfection.
- a. 1662 (date written), Thomas Fuller, The History of the Worthies of England, London: […] J[ohn] G[rismond,] W[illiam] L[eybourne] and W[illiam] G[odbid], published 1662, OCLC 418859860:
- a perfective alteration
- 1701, John Ray, “Of Bodies Endued with a Sensitive Soul, or Animals”, in The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation, […], 3rd edition, London: […] Sam[uel] Smith, and Benj[amin] Walford, […], OCLC 1103011139, part I, page 191:
- It is not likely that Eternal Life ſhall be a torpid and unactive ſtate, or that it ſhall conſiſt only in an uninterrupted and endleſs Act of Love; the other Faculties ſhall be employed as well as the Will, in Actions ſuitable to, and perfective of their Natures; […]
relative to the perfect tense or perfective aspect
perfective (plural perfectives)
perfective verb form