Definition of IMPERFECT


IMPERFECT

That which is incomplete.

2. This term is applied to rights and obligations. A man has a
right to be relieved by his fellow-creatures, when in distress;
but this right he cannot enforce by law; hence it is called an
imperfect right. On the other hand, we are bound to be grateful for
favors received, but we cannot be compelled to perform such
imperfect obligations. Vide Poth. Ob. arc. Prliminaire; Vattel,
Dr. des Gens, Prel. notes, 17; and Obligations.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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