Definition of superficially in English:

superficially

adverb

  • 1As to the outward appearance only; on the surface.

    [as submodifier] ‘the theory is superficially attractive’
    [sentence adverb] ‘superficially, they have little in common’
    • ‘Adults rarely correct children's speech - much of which is superficially ungrammatical.’
    • ‘Art is made in the name of Nature, and Nature, superficially at least, is chaotic.’
    • ‘For whatever reasons, Britain has become a much more tolerant society - at least superficially - over the intervening decades.’
    • ‘Their goal is superficially to avenge their friend's death, but in reality they have darker motives.’
    • ‘The two films, at least superficially, do not have that much in common, aside from British-born writers and directors.’
    • ‘The record also demonstrates how far Kennedy has developed his gift for expressing complex ideas within a superficially simple lyric.’
    • ‘Superficially, their Cold War roles might seem to have been remarkably similar.’
    • ‘Superficially there were few changes in the character of politics around the middle of the century.’
    • ‘For the rest, the event that was going to change everything has, superficially, altered nothing much.’
    • ‘The Cost Accounting Department was churning out monthly reports that were superficially very impressive.’
    • ‘Superficially colorful, lively, and entertaining, this dance is instantly forgettable.’
    • ‘This superficially mawkish fairy tale is subverted by a remarkable combination of comic brutality, acute formalism, and inconsolable sorrow.’
    • ‘They discuss the fact that to the great surprise of security and government officials, so many seemingly disparate and superficially incompatible groups came together to participate in the protests.’
    • ‘A superficially similar but diametrically opposed practice exists among certain bloggers.’
    • ‘Like much of the play, it is superficially amusing but ultimately horrifying.’
    • ‘The results were superficially impressive, but already in the 1950s there was trouble beneath the surface.’
    • ‘Superficially, telecoms and international aviation have certain similarities between them.’
    • ‘The starting point for these issues is really clause 3, which seems superficially to be straightforward.’
    • ‘However, there was method to their superficially lumpen violence.’
    • ‘Superficially, 2004 has been a reasonable year for our personal finances.’
    • ‘Even in superficially symmetrical organisms, there is almost always some consistent deviation from absolute symmetry.’
    • ‘An idealist foreign policy sounds superficially more "moral" than the calculation of national interest, but it leads easily to self-righteous crusading.’
    apparently, seemingly, ostensibly, outwardly, on the surface, on the face of it, to all appearances, to all intents and purposes, at first glance, at face value, to the casual eye
    externally, visibly, trivially
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  • 2Not thoroughly or deeply.

    ‘I understood the issue only superficially’
    • ‘As a journalist you tend to be covering a lot of different things superficially.’
    • ‘However, these topics are all covered rather superficially.’
    • ‘Kosky, who seems unable to explore the emotional qualities of this drama in any real depth, treats them superficially.’
    • ‘But each is so superficially sketched that it is hard to develop a connection with any of them.’
    • ‘But here we must take care not to judge people's ideology superficially, by merely looking at their insignia or uniforms.’
    • ‘He superficially addresses such issues as poverty on reservations, suicide rates, alcoholism and the consequences of alcohol consumption, and accident rates.’
    • ‘This book articulates the principles and practice of breast cytopathology superficially, but rather clearly.’
    • ‘When he touches upon Poe's themes, he does so superficially, or obscurely.’
    • ‘And his warning to the people, particularly the youth, is not to look at the problems of globalisation superficially.’
    • ‘The ecology and behavior of North American hummingbirds have been studied in considerable detail, but their wing morphology has been described only superficially.’
    • ‘The series I thought treated these stories too superficially in the time allotted, but a stellar cast makes the most of it.’
    • ‘The article references Eggers ' old thing about criticism, but deals with it too superficially.’
    • ‘Such layering makes the painting inaccessible to anyone responding to it hastily or superficially.’
    • ‘To say Aileen chose prostitution is to only superficially understand the impact of what people did to her.’
    • ‘Well I'm concerned that there isn't an automatic requirement to include environmental issues however superficially.’
    • ‘Seely superficially analyzes the main methods of counting annual layers.’
    • ‘At the heart of the movie is the romance between Richard and Elise, which is only superficially explored.’
    • ‘Tempelhof in his history of the Seven Years War is the earliest writer who gives it regularly, but at the same time he does it only very superficially.’
    • ‘Although the premise is centered around 1970s male chauvinism, the script only examines this topic superficially.’
    • ‘But it is worth first pausing to look back, however briefly and superficially, over a longer sweep.’
  • 3At or on the surface or skin.

    ‘he was superficially wounded in the neck’
    • ‘Indentation can only occur when a track surface is reasonably abrasive - ie when it has a number of imperfections that will superficially impact on the tyre tread.’
    • ‘What I saw was a small piece of metal sticking very superficially in the skin of Kerry's arm.’
    • ‘Small, metal objects deeply embedded in soft tissue pose a lower risk for complication than even superficially embedded organic material, such as wood.’
    • ‘This cooking method allows small pieces of food to be seared and cooked very superficially, thus retaining their texture and flavour.’
    • ‘In more basal vertebrates, cartilaginous structures can become superficially calcified in at least two different modes.’
    • ‘Biopsies of the epiglottic mass showed fragments of a superficially ulcerated lesion overlying a dense histiocytic infiltrate.’
    • ‘The nerve may be avoided by staying superficially on the fascia and by being aware of the location of the fibula.’
    • ‘The first case occurred in a 73-year-old man with a history of superficially invasive transitional cell carcinoma who presented with macroscopic hematuria and anemia.’
    • ‘Veins run both deep in the legs and superficially under the skin.’
    • ‘In this case, blood from the thenar eminence has migrated proximally and appears superficially at the proximal and distal palmar creases, where the fascia comes through the carpal tunnel.’

Pronunciation

superficially

/ˌso͞opərˈfiSHəlē/