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Definition 1: concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually - [adjective denoting all]

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

  • superficial similarities
  • a superficial mind
  • his thinking was superficial and fuzzy
  • superficial knowledge
  • the superficial report didn't give the true picture
  • only superficial differences

(superficial is similar to ...) marked by lack of intellectual depth

"glib generalizations" "a glib response to a complex question"

(superficial is similar to ...) penetrating no deeper than the skin:

"her beauty is only skin-deep"

(superficial is similar to ...) appearing as such but not necessarily so

"for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent" "the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies" "the ostensible truth of their theories" "his seeming honesty"

(superficial is similar to ...) showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish

"his dilettantish efforts at painting"

(superficial is similar to ...) superficially impressive, but lacking depth and attention to the true complexities of a subject

"too facile a solution for so complex a problem" "it was a neat plan, but bound to fail" "a slick advertising campaign"

(superficial is similar to ...) lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious

"shallow people" "his arguments seemed shallow and tedious"

(superficial is similar to ...) appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms

"left their clothes dirty looking" "a most disagreeable looking character" "angry-looking" "liquid-looking" "severe-looking policemen on noble horses" "fine-sounding phrases" "taken in by high-sounding talk"

(means also ...) 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"

(means also ...) relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind

"a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections"

(means also ...) not serious in content or attitude or behavior

"a frivolous novel" "a frivolous remark" "a frivolous young woman"

Definition 2: of, affecting, or being on or near the surface - [adjective denoting pert]

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

  • superficial measurements
  • the superficial area of the wall
  • a superficial wound

Definition 3: hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where superficial 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 superficial in the sense of this definition

(superficial 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 4: of little substance or significance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • a few superficial editorial changes
  • only trivial objections

Synonyms for superficial in the sense of this definition

(superficial is similar to ...) devoid of importance, meaning, or force

Definition 5: occurring on or near the surface of the skin - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • superficial burns
  • superficial facial injuries

(superficial is similar to ...) lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center

"shallow water" "a shallow dish" "a shallow cut" "a shallow closet" "established a shallow beachhead" "hit the ball to shallow left field"

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