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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


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perfunctory +‎ -ly


  • 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.

    The Moor

  • 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.

    The Real 'Palestine Papers' Scandal

  • 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.

    Diary of a separation

  • 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.

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  • “Hi,” said Jessa perfunctorily before tugging once again on her mother.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • The receptionist finally found the booking and handed her a card to fill out, which she did quickly, almost perfunctorily.

    The Empty Family

  • 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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