Preterimperfect

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a. & n Preterimperfect (Gram) Old name of the tense also called imperfect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Preterimperfect prē-tėr-im-pėr′fekt implying that an event was happening at a certain past time.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. preter-, + imperfect,

Usage

In literature:

The preterimperfect tense denotes something, or a state of things, partly, but not entirely past.
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
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