I adjective absent-minded, abstracted, apathetic, below par, careless, casual, cursory, deficient, disinterested, dispassionate, disregardful, failing, formal, halfhearted, hasty, heedless, hollow, hurried, ill-done, imperfect, inadequate, inattentive, incautious, incomplete, indifferent, inexact, insubstantial, lacking, lax, lenient, lukewarm, mechanical, mindless, needing, neglectful, negligent, offhand, omitting, passionless, poor, poorly done, quick, regardless, remiss, requiring, routine, rushed, short, sketchy, speedy, substandard, superficial, thoughtless, unattended to, uncaring, unconcerned, undiscerning, unenthusiastic, unexamined, unfeeling, unguarded, unheeded, unheedful, unheeding, uninspired, uninterested, uninvolved, unmindful, unobservant, unregarded, unresponsive, unstudied, unthinking, unthorough, unthought of, unwatchful, un weighed, wanting, without concern, without enthusiasm II index careless, casual, cursory, inadequate, informal, lax, superficial

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  • Perfunctory — Per*func to*ry, a. [L. perfunctorius, fr. perfunctus dispatched, p. p. of perfungi to discharge, dispatch; per (see {Per}) + fungi to perform. See {Function}.] 1. Done merely to get rid of a duty; performed mechanically and as a thing of rote;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perfunctory — [pər fuŋk′tə rē] adj. [LL perfunctorius < L perfunctus, pp. of perfungi, to get rid of, discharge < per , intens. + fungi, to perform: see FUNCTION] 1. done without care or interest or merely as a form or routine; superficial [a perfunctory …   English World dictionary

  • perfunctory — 1580s, from L.L. perfunctorius careless, negligent, lit. like one who wishes to get through a thing, from L. perfungus, pp. of perfungi discharge, get through, from per through + fungi perform (see FUNCTION (Cf. function)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • perfunctory — [adj] automatic, unthinking apathetic, careless, cool, cursory, disinterested, going through the motions*, heedless, impersonal, inattentive, indifferent, involuntary, lackadaisical, laid back*, mechanical, negligent, offhand, phoning it in*,… …   New thesaurus

  • perfunctory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection. DERIVATIVES perfunctorily adverb. ORIGIN Latin perfunctorius careless …   English terms dictionary

  • perfunctory — [[t]pə(r)fʌ̱ŋktəri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A perfunctory action is done quickly and carelessly, and shows a lack of interest in what you are doing. She gave the list only a perfunctory glance. ...a perfunctory handshake... Our… …   English dictionary

  • perfunctory — adjective formal 1 a perfunctory action is done quickly, and is only done because people expect it: Olivia dismissed him with a perfunctory nod. | a perfunctory kiss on the cheek 2 someone who is perfunctory does things in this way perfunctorily… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • perfunctory — per|func|to|ry [pəˈfʌŋktəri US pər ] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: perfunctorius, from Latin perfunctus, past participle of perfungi to get something done ] a perfunctory action is done quickly, and is only done because… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • perfunctory — perfunctorily, adv. perfunctoriness, n. /peuhr fungk teuh ree/, adj. 1. performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial: perfunctory courtesy. 2. lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent or apathetic: In his lectures he… …   Universalium

  • perfunctory — adjective /pəˈfʌŋk.tɹɪ,pɚˈfʌŋ.tɚ.i/ Done merely to discharge a duty; performed mechanically and as a thing of rote; done in a careless and superficial manner; characterized by indifference; as, perfunctory admonitions. He did a perfunctory job… …   Wiktionary

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