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- 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.
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.
It is strange that crucial policy decisions are handled with such mediocrity and perfunctoriness.
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.
Hence her words “very nice,” “so charming,” were uttered with a perfunctoriness that made them sound absurdly unreal.
When she spoke there was no trace of the seductive in her voice, but rather a steely perfunctoriness.
Memory has been emptied out by the long years abroad, and a certain perfunctoriness and staleness hangs over the scene.
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.
"Got it," he replied with equal perfunctoriness, and waded off into the mob.
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.
But, as time passed and as the nature of its organization and operation evolved, the perfunctoriness of its proclamations became more and more evident.
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