I adjective apathetic, brief, careless, casual, desultory, hasty, heedless, hurried, immethodical, inattentive, incautious, indifferent, lax, offhand, passing, perfunctory, quick, rapid, regardless, shallow, short, slapdash, slipshod, speedy, summary, superficial, surface, thoughtless, undiscerning, unmindful, unthorough associated concepts: cursory examination II index brief, careless, casual, informal, minor, perfunctory, random, superficial, transitory, trivial

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  • Cursory — Cur so*ry (k?r s? r?), a. [L. cursorius, fr. cursor. See {Cursor}.] 1. Running about; not stationary. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Characterized by haste; hastily or superficially performed; slight; superficial; careless. [1913 Webster] Events far… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cursory — c.1600, from M.Fr. cursoire rapid, from L.L. cursorius hasty, of a race or running, from L. curs , pp. stem of currere to run (see CURRENT (Cf. current)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cursory — *superficial, shallow, uncritical Analogous words: hasty, speedy, quick, rapid, swift, *fast: *brief, short: casual, desultory, *random, haphazard Antonyms: painstaking Contrasted words: meticulous, *careful …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cursory — [adj] casual, hasty brief, careless, depthless, desultory, fast, half assed*, halfbaked*, haphazard, hit or miss*, hurried, offhand, passing, perfunctory, quick, random, rapid, shallow, short, sketchy, slapdash, slight, sloppy, speedy, summary,… …   New thesaurus

  • cursory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ hasty and therefore not thorough. DERIVATIVES cursorily adverb cursoriness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • cursory — [kʉr′sə rē] adj. [LL cursorius < cursor, runner < cursus: see COURSE] hastily, often superficially, done; performed rapidly with little attention to detail SYN. SUPERFICIAL cursorily adv. cursoriness n …   English World dictionary

  • cursory — cur|so|ry [ˈkə:səri US ˈkə:r ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: cursorius of running , from Latin currere; CURRENT1] done very quickly without much attention to details cursory glance/look ▪ Even a cursory glance at the figures will… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cursory — [[t]kɜ͟ː(r)səri[/t]] ADJ GRADED: ADJ n A cursory glance or examination is a brief one in which you do not pay much attention to detail. Burke cast a cursory glance at the menu, then flapped it shut... I gave the letter a fairly cursory reading.… …   English dictionary

  • cursory — adjective Etymology: Late Latin cursorius of running, from Latin currere Date: 1601 rapidly and often superficially performed or produced ; hasty < a cursory glance > Synonyms: see superficial • cursorily …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cursory — cursorily, adv. cursoriness, n. /kerr seuh ree/, adj. going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial: a cursory glance at a newspaper article. [1595 1605; < LL cursorius running, equiv. to L cur(rere) to run + sorius,… …   Universalium

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