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Definitions and Synonyms of perfunctory | Another word for perfunctory | What is perfunctory?

Definition 1: hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where perfunctory or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws
  • a passing glance
  • perfunctory courtesy
  • In his paper, he showed a very superficial understanding of psychoanalytic theory

Synonyms for perfunctory in the sense of this definition

(perfunctory is similar to ...) marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful

"careless about her clothes" "forgotten by some careless person" "a careless housekeeper" "careless proofreading" "it was a careless mistake" "hurt by a careless remark"

Definition 2: done or produced as a formality only - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where perfunctory or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a one-candidate pro forma election

Synonyms for perfunctory in the sense of this definition

(perfunctory is similar to ...) being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)

"pay one's formal respects" "formal dress" "a formal ball" "the requirement was only formal and often ignored" "a formal education"

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