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 <
perfective verb
perfective nounperfectively adverbperfectiveness nounperfectivity noun

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  • 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 aspect — In grammar, the perfective aspect is an aspect that exists in many languages. The term perfective aspect is generally used to refer to an action viewed as a single whole, and it is equivalent to the aspectual component of tenses variously called… …   Wikipedia

  • perfective tense — noun a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect) • Syn: ↑perfective, ↑perfect, ↑perfect tense • Hypernyms: ↑tense • Hyponyms: ↑present perfect …   Useful english dictionary

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