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- adv. In a perfunctory manner, without interest or concern for quality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In a perfunctory manner; formally; carelessly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a perfunctory, careless, or half-hearted manner; without zeal or interest; in a manner to satisfy external form merely, or so as to conform to the letter but not to the spirit; with careless indifference; negligently.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a set manner without serious attention
Scheiman called perfunctorily for Mrs McIverney, for a bath to be drawn, and for clothing to be brought, ignoring my (admittedly feeble) protestations that none of this was necessary with a great deal more brusqueness than I should have expected in a mere secretary.
Although in the final paragraph of its first editorial on the subject, the newspaper perfunctorily expresses its faith in a two-state solution, its spin on these documents over the past week suggests otherwise.
Before he passed out, he tried to grope me perfunctorily – almost dutifully – but gave up with apparent and unflattering relief when I brushed him off.
With an appetite that would not have stopped at wire nails dipped in lard, Grief ate perfunctorily, and tossed the scraps to the dog.
And Billikens, very angry, very disgusted, very embarrassed, obeyed, putting his arms around his wife and kissing her neither too perfunctorily nor very long.
His client nodded perfunctorily and motioned him on, so Gilliam clicked the map to full zoom.
“Hi,” said Jessa perfunctorily before tugging once again on her mother.
The receptionist finally found the booking and handed her a card to fill out, which she did quickly, almost perfunctorily.
He took no part in the conversation, ate perfunctorily, behaved stupidly at times, and it was patent that he was controlling himself with an iron hand.
And solemnly he embraced me, perfunctorily kissed my lips, gravely examined my tongue, decried my looks and state of health, and sent me to bed with hot stove-lids and a dosage of castor oil.
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