Definitions

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  • adv. In a superficial manner; shallowly

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a superficial manner, in any sense of the word superficial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a superficial manner

Etymologies

superficial +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There was a matching couch across from the desk; it matched superficially, that is, but it had been made so that, although it was extremely comfortable, it was treacherous.

    Elvenborn

  • She found herself thinking, in terms superficially repugnant to convention, that she would like to pay long visits to the other men, but have Bob to come home to when she was inclined for rest and tranquillity.

    Tristram of Blent An Episode in the Story of an Ancient House

  • This kind of superficially divided thinking is not religion hacked up by secularism but is deeply theological in its origins and growth.

    A Common What?

  • Now, when they try a fake acupuncture, where they of willy-nilly put needles in and did it kind of superficially, that worked for 44 percent of the people.

    CNN Transcript Sep 25, 2007

  • The problem is that, as I stated before, unless you are a climate scientist you are not in a position to say whether their criticisms are more than "superficially" reasonable.

    The Guardian World News

  • Only later, under public pressure, did he "superficially" repudiate the racist organization that was tied to lynchings and the worst sort of anti-black discrimination in the name of white, native American supremacy.

    newsobserver.com blogs

  • Although superficially similar to the Japanese nuclear reactor accident in March that started with flooding, the situation at the Fort Calhoun plant appears far more secure.

    Officials: Nebraska nuclear plants safe despite flooding

  • If you can at least superficially judge people by the company they keep, Mizusawa is at least superficially awesome.

    License request day: Hime-Chan’s Ribbon

  • Patients describe the feeling as burning or extreme warmth superficially, but cold under the skin. 10 At 12 hours post ingestion (Phase III), weakness, ataxia, hypotension and dysesthesia are observed.

    Fish poisonings and envenomations

  • John Thacker writes: rvman -- your argument, while superficially plausibly, is against completely refuted by the data.

    Getting Ricardo Wrong, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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