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cursory

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəːs(ə)ri
 
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Definition of cursory in English:

adjective

Hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed: a cursory glance at the figures
More example sentences
  • He gave the crowded room a quick cursory glance, and spotted the uniforms in the corner.
  • A cursory glance through the annals of history will prove this beyond doubt.
  • Plus, a cursory glance across the water shows that difficulties with stadiums are far from being unique to Ireland.
Synonyms
perfunctory, desultory, casual, superficial, token, uninterested, half-hearted, inattentive, unthinking, offhand, mechanical, automatic, routine;
hasty, quick, hurried, rapid, brief, passing, fleeting, summary, sketchy, careless, slapdash

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin cursorius 'of a runner', from cursor (see cursor).

Derivatives

cursorily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The topics, however, being of monumental proportions, can only be cursorily sketched in less than three hundred pages.
  • But really, don't waste any time on that link - just glance it over cursorily enough to glean the context in which to fully appreciate this brilliant, twinkling compilation of one-star Amazon reviews of the aforementioned best books ever.
  • How is the category ‘designer’ constituted significantly by the degree to which it must ignore or only cursorily recognize these outside disciplines?

cursoriness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • I am struck by the almost universal cursoriness of physical examinations by today's physicians.
  • There is no ambivalence in his treatment of that primal emotion, but a cursoriness and uneasiness to his approach.
  • The implication of leisureliness, cursoriness, or haste is therefore not a recent development, although it is usually found in less formal contexts and is less frequent in earlier use.

Words that rhyme with cursory

anniversary, bursary, mercery, nursery

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