Definition of superficially in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃ(ə)li/


1As to the outward appearance only; on the surface: [as submodifier]: the theory is superficially attractive [sentence adverb]: superficially, they have little in common
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  • For whatever reasons, Britain has become a much more tolerant society - at least superficially - over the intervening decades.
  • However, there was method to their superficially lumpen violence.
  • Adults rarely correct children's speech - much of which is superficially ungrammatical.
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
2Not thoroughly or deeply: I understood the issue only superficially
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  • To say Aileen chose prostitution is to only superficially understand the impact of what people did to her.
  • Such layering makes the painting inaccessible to anyone responding to it hastily or superficially.
  • However, these topics are all covered rather superficially.
3At or on the surface or skin: he was superficially wounded in the neck
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  • What I saw was a small piece of metal sticking very superficially in the skin of Kerry's arm.
  • 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.

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