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perfunctory

Syllabification: per·func·to·ry
Pronunciation: /pərˈfəNG(k)t(ə)rē
 
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Definition of perfunctory in English:

adjective

(Of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection: he gave a perfunctory nod
More example sentences
  • Still, if her attempts to marry wealth are perfunctory, her efforts to increase hers are disastrous.
  • Anyone with even the most perfunctory interest in classical music will have their own favourite Mozart piece.
  • However, this poor, perfunctory effort will do the band more harm than good.
Synonyms
cursory, desultory, quick, brief, hasty, hurried, rapid, fleeting, token, casual, superficial, careless, halfhearted, sketchy, mechanical, automatic, routine, offhand, inattentive

Origin

late 16th century: from late Latin perfunctorius 'careless', from Latin perfunct- 'done with, discharged', from the verb perfungi.

Derivatives

perfunctorily

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈfəNGktərəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Almost perfunctorily, the Prime Minister began yesterday's session with a quick run-through of how asylum-seeker applications had genuinely fallen and how public services were genuinely on the mend.
  • Senior officials will only refer to its essence in public lectures and fora perfunctorily and only in passing and concentrate more on questions of organisation.
  • Yet the plot devices are so slapdash, and key developments are tossed off so perfunctorily, that it seems the author didn't even have the time to write us a good bad book.

perfunctoriness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • This Polish-Thai gastronomic centaur signals either overinventiveness or a commendable resistance to good cooking's greatest foe, perfunctoriness.
  • The other leaders of the democracy movement protested at the severity of the sentence and the perfunctoriness of the trial, but few openly supported his political demands.
  • What is notable about the commentary in this instance is its utter perfunctoriness.

Words that rhyme with perfunctory

blusterymediatory

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