from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Done routinely and with little interest or care: The operator answered the phone with a perfunctory greeting.
- adj. Acting with indifference; showing little interest or care.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. 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; aspiring only to minimum standards.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Done merely to get rid of a duty; performed mechanically and as a thing of rote; done in a careless and superficial manner; characterized by indifference.
- adj. Hence: Mechanical; indifferent; listless; careless.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Done mechanically or without interest or zeal, and merely for the sake of getting rid of the duty; done in a half-hearted or careless manner, or so as to conform to the letter but not to the spirit; careless; negligent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. as a formality only
- adj. hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
Late Latin perfūnctōrius, from Latin perfūnctus, past participle of perfungī, to get through with : per-, per- + fungī, to perform.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin perfunctorius, from the past participial stem of perfungor, perfunct- ("perform, carry through"), from per- + fungor (Wiktionary)