cursory


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cur·so·ry

 (kûr′sə-rē)
adj.
Performed with haste and scant attention to detail: a cursory glance at the headlines.

[Late Latin cursōrius, of running, from Latin cursor, runner; see cursor.]

cur′so·ri·ly adv.
cur′so·ri·ness n.

cursory

(ˈkɜːsərɪ)
adj
hasty and usually superficial; quick: a cursory check.
[C17: from Late Latin cursōrius of running, from Latin cursus a course, from currere to run]
ˈcursorily adv
ˈcursoriness n

cur•so•ry

(ˈkɜr sə ri)

adj.
going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial: a cursory glance.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin cursōrius running = Latin cur(rere) to run + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; compare course]
cur′so•ri•ly, adv.
cur′so•ri•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cursory - hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough; "a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws"; "a passing glance"; "perfunctory courtesy"
careless - marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful; "careless about her clothes"; "forgotten by some careless person"; "a careless housekeeper"; "careless proofreading"; "it was a careless mistake"; "hurt by a careless remark"

cursory

adjective brief, passing, rapid, casual, summary, slight, hurried, careless, superficial, hasty, perfunctory, desultory, offhand, slapdash I gave the letter a fairly cursory reading.

cursory

adjective
Lacking in intellectual depth or thoroughness:
Translations
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letmýzběžný
flygtigoverfladisk
kursorinenpikainenpintapuolinen
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greitaiprabėgomis
paviršssteidzīgs

cursory

[ˈkɜːsərɪ] ADJ [examination, inspection] → somero, superficial; [nod] → brusco
at a cursory glancea primera vista
to give sth a cursory glancemirar algo brevemente or de forma somera

cursory

[ˈkɜːrsəri] adj [examination, inspection] (= superficial) → superficiel(le) (= hasty) → hâtif/ive, rapide
to give sth a cursory glance → jeter un coup d'œil rapide à qch

cursory

adj glanceflüchtig; inspection, investigation alsooberflächlich

cursory

[ˈkɜːsrɪ] adj (glance) → di sfuggita, superficiale
a cursory reading → una rapida scorsa, una lettura veloce

cursory

(ˈkəːsəri) adjective
hurried. a cursory glance.
ˈcursorily adverb
References in classic literature ?
He was of a fat habit, even from boyhood, and inclined to a cheerful and cursory reading of the face of life; and possibly this attitude of mind was the original cause of his misfortunes.
The king was conducted with the greatest ceremony to the chamber of Morpheus, of which we owe some cursory description to our readers.
From the cursory view here taken, it must clearly appear to have been an arduous part.
She accepted these terms, and slid off on the near side, though not till he had stolen a cursory kiss.
The incident gave me considerable food for speculation, since if I were right in the conclusion induced by the cursory glimpse I had had of the spy, then Matai Shang and Thurid must suspect my identity, and if that were true not even the service I had rendered Kulan Tith could save me from his religious fanaticism.
To this delight succeeded a great deception, when, trusting to a cursory observation, they launched their first telegram to the world, erroneously affirming that the projectile had become a satellite of the moon, gravitating in an immutable orbit.
But the cursory glance my father had taken of my volume by no means assured me that he was acquainted with its contents, and I continued to read with the greatest avidity.
A cursory inspection of his conscience showed nothing but purity and whiteness, but he must have done something, or she would not be staring at him like this.
Bumble that it would be an innocent and virtuous way of spending the time, if he were further to allay his curiousity by a cursory glance at the interior of Mrs.
A cursory examination of the latter revealed no mortal injuries and after a brief rest he asserted that he felt fit to attempt the return voyage.
Even idleness is eager now--eager for amusement; prone to excursion-trains, art museums, periodical literature, and exciting novels; prone even to scientific theorizing and cursory peeps through microscopes.
Monk, left alone with Athos, affected to speak to him on nothing but indifferent subjects while examining the vault in a cursory manner.