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(of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection.‘he gave a perfunctory nod’
cursory, desultoryquick, brief, hasty, hurried, rapid, passing, fleeting, summarytoken, casual, superficial, uninterested, careless, half-hearted, unthinking, sketchy, mechanical, automatic, routine, offhand, indifferent, inattentivedismissiveView synonyms
- ‘Anyone with even the most perfunctory interest in classical music will have their own favourite Mozart piece.’
- ‘It seems likely that this interest was never more than passive or perfunctory.’
- ‘Without individualized merit pay, teacher evaluations will remain perfunctory at best.’
- ‘Excuse us for a perfunctory midweek news roundup this week.’
- ‘However, this poor, perfunctory effort will do the band more harm than good.’
- ‘Still, if her attempts to marry wealth are perfunctory, her efforts to increase hers are disastrous.’
- ‘He fails in his duty if his investigation is superficial, slipshod or perfunctory.’
- ‘We have sat through a showcase of set speeches by shadow ministers, but only perfunctory contributions have been allowed from the floor.’
- ‘His hands are very soft but quite puffy too, and his shake is straight from the school of perfunctory political politeness.’
- ‘That was why the requirements for the non-enterprise websites had been superficial and perfunctory.’
- ‘But its digital download efforts to date have been perfunctory and poorly promoted.’
- ‘I performed a few perfunctory twirls and made good my escape.’
- ‘After a perfunctory search, the soldiers found nothing suspicious in his vehicle and the incident was written off as a tragic accident.’
- ‘This has resulted in a perfunctory clean-up of the area and a discussion on the lack of funds available to restore the park to an acceptable standard.’
- ‘A perfunctory glance at the painting without having any thought on the substance and the meaning of the work is of little use.’
- ‘He asked what happened, made some perfunctory enquiries, reset the cord and carried on.’
- ‘After the most perfunctory of prefaces, he began to speak quickly, urgently.’
- ‘They are functional but somehow perfunctory, uncompelling.’
- ‘Friday's rain-lashed practice session was no more than a few perfunctory laps to give the spectators something to watch.’
- ‘His comments on these developments were rather brief and perfunctory.’
Late 16th century: from late Latin perfunctorius careless from Latin perfunct- done with, discharged from the verb perfungi.
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