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American English: /pərˈfəŋ(k)t(ə)ri/
British English: /pəˈfʌŋ(k)t(ə)ri/

Translation of perfunctory in Spanish:


  • (inspection/description)
    he gave it a perfunctory glance
    lo miró por encima or de pasada
    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.

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