perfective
adjective Date: 1596 1. archaic a. tending to make perfect b. becoming better 2. expressing action as complete or as implying the notion of completion, conclusion, or result <
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perfective nounperfectively adverbperfectiveness nounperfectivity noun

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  • Perfective — Per*fect ive, a. Tending or conducing to make perfect, or to bring to perfection; usually followed by of. A perfective alteration. Fuller. [1913 Webster] Actions perfective of their natures. Ray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perfective — [pər fek′tiv] adj. [LL perfectivus] 1. Now Rare tending to bring to or achieve perfection 2. Gram. designating an aspect of verbs, as in Russian, expressing completion of the action or indicating an action that is not repeated n. 1. the… …   English World dictionary

  • perfective — perfectively, adv. perfectiveness, perfectivity /perr fek tiv i tee/, n. /peuhr fek tiv/, adj. 1. tending to make perfect; conducive to perfection. 2. Gram. noting an aspect of verbal inflection, as in Russian, that indicates completion of the… …   Universalium

  • perfective — 1. adjective of, or relative to the perfect tense or perfective aspect. Ant: imperfective 2. noun a perfective verb form …   Wiktionary

  • perfective — /pəˈfɛktɪv/ (say puh fektiv) adjective 1. tending to make perfect; conducive to perfection. 2. Grammar denoting an aspect of the verb rather than a tense, as in Russian, which indicates completion of the action or state of the verb prior to a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • perfective — per•fec•tive [[t]pərˈfɛk tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) tending to make perfect; conducive to perfection 2) gram. of or designating an aspect of verbal inflection, as in Russian, that indicates completion of the action or state denoted by the verb 3) gram. the …   From formal English to slang

  • perfective — adj. & n. Gram. adj. (of an aspect of a verb etc.) expressing the completion of an action (opp. IMPERFECTIVE). n. the perfective aspect or form of a verb. Etymology: med.L perfectivus (as PERFECT) …   Useful english dictionary

  • perfective — pÉ™(r) fektɪv n. verb that is in the perfect tense (Grammar) adj. tending toward perfection or completeness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • perfective — adjective Grammar relating to or denoting an aspect of verbs in Slavic languages that expresses completed action. The opposite of imperfective …   English new terms dictionary

  • perfective — per·fec·tive …   English syllables

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