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perfunctoriness

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or characteristic of being perfunctory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being perfunctory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being perfunctory; negligent or half-hearted performance; carelessness.

Etymologies

perfunctory +‎ ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whereas other candidates for public office make their promises with a certain perfunctoriness, Sarkozy looked his electors in the eye: “Everything I have spoken, I will perform,” he said fiercely.

    Un Homme in Full

  • It is strange that crucial policy decisions are handled with such mediocrity and perfunctoriness.

    Prabhat Patnaik equates globalization with imperialism

  • When at dusk she reached the Melchester station her husband was there to meet her, but in his perfunctoriness and her preoccupation they did not see each other, and she went out of the station alone.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • Hence her words “very nice,” “so charming,” were uttered with a perfunctoriness that made them sound absurdly unreal.

    The Woodlanders

  • When she spoke there was no trace of the seductive in her voice, but rather a steely perfunctoriness.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Memory has been emptied out by the long years abroad, and a certain perfunctoriness and staleness hangs over the scene.

    Mrs. Wharton in New York

  • Quickly he undid his breeches and climbed on her, ashamed of the perfunctoriness of it, but needing to do it and get it over with.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • "Got it," he replied with equal perfunctoriness, and waded off into the mob.

    Splinter Of The Mind's Eye

  • The book as a whole, it must be said, gives an impression of slightness, even of perfunctoriness in some places; yet it does throw a light of an unexpected kind on Singer's achievements as a writer of fiction.

    Family Troubles

  • But, as time passed and as the nature of its organization and operation evolved, the perfunctoriness of its proclamations became more and more evident.

    Terrorists and Freedom Fighters

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  • "In all cases of petty rape, the victim does not figure as a personality, as someone vulnerable and valuable, whose responses must not be cynically tampered with. So great is women's need to believe that men really like them that they are often slow to detect perfunctoriness in proferred caresses or the subtle change in attitude when the Rubicon has been crossed and the softening up of the victim can give way to unilateral gratification."
    - 'Seduction is a four-letter word', Germaine Greer in The Madwoman's Underclothes.

    September 1, 2008