per·fect 1 /'pər-fikt/ adj: entirely without fault or defect: as
a: satisfying all requirements
failed to make perfect tender
b: free from any valid legal objection: valid and effective at law
having perfect title to the property compare imperfect
per·fect 2 /pər-'fekt/ vt: to complete or put in final conformity with the law: as
a: to make (an appeal) ready for transfer to an appeals court by satisfying procedural requirements
b: to put (one's security interest) in a position or status having priority over subsequently perfected security interests or unperfected security interests by taking statutorily prescribed steps to give notice esp. by filing a financing statement or taking possession of the collateral
was the first creditor to perfect its security interest in the debtor's collateral, and, thus, was the first in priority for the collateralCommercial Bank v. Pride Furniture, Inc., 877 P.2d 1222 (1994) compare attach 3
vi: to make something (as a security interest) complete, in conformity with the law, or valid against third-party claims
per·fec·tion /pər-'fek-shən/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb absolvere, accomplish, bring to a conclusion, bring to an end, bring to completion, bring to fullness, carry out, complete, conclude, consummate, correct, culminate, cumulare, effectuate, execute, finish, follow to a conclusion, perficere, refine associated concepts: perfect a security interest, perfect an appeal, perfect title II index absolute (ideal), accurate, amend, attain, best, blameless, cap, complete, consummate, definitive, develop, elaborate, enhance, faithful (true to fact), felicitous, finish, fulfill, infallible, intact, mature, meritorious, peremptory (absolute), pure, rectify, renew (refurbish), renovate, right (suitable), ripe, thorough, unblemished, unimpeachable

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Complete; without flaw or defect; having fulfilled the requirements to make something enforceable at law.
To make perfect; to finish; to fulfill all requirements necessary for some transaction.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

(per-fect) To take all required steps to achieve a legal result. For example a mechanic's lien is perfected by filing a lawsuit and obtaining a judgment.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

perfect (a lien)
v. to take certain actions or follow certain procedures required by law in order to create a security interest that is enforceable.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Complete; finished; executed; enforceable; without defect; merchantable; marketable.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Complete; finished; executed; enforceable; without defect; merchantable; marketable.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   (with stress on the second syllable)
   1) to complete; to take all required steps to achieve a result, such as obtaining a lien or other security by legal action or completing and filing all documents to present a case to a court of appeals. A mechanic's lien for labor and/or materials used to improve real property is "perfected" by filing a lawsuit and obtaining a judgment that the lien attaches to the property.
   2) to make perfect.
   See also: mechanic's lien

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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