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 Dictionary entry overview: What does perfunctory mean? 

PERFUNCTORY (adjective)
  The adjective PERFUNCTORY has 2 senses:

1. hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
2. as a formality only

  Familiarity information: PERFUNCTORY used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PERFUNCTORY (adjective)

Sense 1perfunctory [BACK TO TOP]


Hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough


cursory; perfunctory; passing; casual

Context examples:

a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws / a passing glance / perfunctory courtesy


careless (marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful)

Sense 2perfunctory [BACK TO TOP]


As a formality only


pro forma; perfunctory

Context example:

a one-candidate pro forma election


formal (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress))

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