perfunctory


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per·func·to·ry

 (pər-fŭngk′tə-rē)
adj.
1. Done routinely and with little interest or care: The operator answered the phone with a perfunctory greeting.
2. Acting with indifference; showing little interest or care.

[Late Latin perfūnctōrius, from Latin perfūnctus, past participle of perfungī, to get through with : per-, per- + fungī, to perform.]

per·func′to·ri·ly adv.
per·func′to·ri·ness n.

perfunctory

(pəˈfʌŋktərɪ)
adj
1. done superficially, only as a matter of routine; careless or cursory
2. dull or indifferent
[C16: from Late Latin perfunctōrius negligent, from perfunctus dispatched, from perfungī to fulfil; see function]
perˈfunctorily adv
perˈfunctoriness n

per•func•to•ry

(pərˈfʌŋk tə ri)

adj.
1. performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial: perfunctory courtesy.
2. lacking interest or enthusiasm; apathetic: a perfunctory speaker.
[1575–85; < Late Latin perfūnctōrius negligent, superficial, derivative of Latin perfungī to do one's job, be done =per- per- + fung-, base of fungī to perform, function + -tōrius -tory1]
per•func′to•ri•ly, adv.
per•func′to•ri•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.perfunctory - 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"
2.perfunctory - as a formality only; "a one-candidate pro forma election"
formal - being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"

perfunctory

perfunctory

adjective
Performed or performing automatically and impersonally:
Translations
formální
pintapuolinenpuolihuolimatonrutiininomainen

perfunctory

[pəˈfʌŋktərɪ] ADJ [inspection, glance] → superficial, somero; [reply] → dado a la ligera; [kiss] → indiferente, mecánico
he gave a perfunctory performancetocó por cumplir

perfunctory

[pərˈfʌŋktəri] adj [glance, kiss, bow, wave] → de pure forme
a perfunctory attempt → une velléité
the most perfunctory attempt at civility → la plus petite velléité de courtoisie

perfunctory

adjflüchtig, der Form halber; he said some perfunctory words of congratulationer gratulierte mit ein paar flüchtig hingeworfenen Worten

perfunctory

[pəˈfʌŋktrɪ] adj (inspection, inquiry) → superficiale, pro forma inv; (nod) → meccanico/a
References in classic literature ?
She could not be negative or perfunctory about anything.
He was much given to charity, but it had been perfunctory, it was extended on the advice of his secretary.
Carr having finished his coffee one morning, lingered a moment over his perfunctory paternal embraces, with the awkwardness of a preoccupied man endeavoring by the assumption of a lighter interest to veil another abstraction.
But I was to learn that the Martian smile is merely perfunctory, and that the Martian laugh is a thing to cause strong men to blanch in horror.
We had a sort of perfunctory supper together, and I think it cheered us all up somewhat.
It suddenly occurred to the youth that the fight in which he had been was, after all, but perfunctory popping.
And have made answer in the same low, perfunctory tone
In spite of these pastimes, which were mechanical and perfunctory, I scantily enjoyed my journey: there was too strong a taste of the disagreeable in my life.
These and other of his words were nothing but the perfunctory babble of the surface while the depths remained paralyzed.
The barn was empty when the horses turned into it and, after giving them the most perfunctory ministrations they had ever received from him, he strode up to the house and pushed open the kitchen door.
But none of these young men had much hope of really advancing in his profession, or any earnest desire to do so; and over many of them the green mould of the perfunctory was already perceptibly spreading.
Four of the bailiff of the palace's sergeants, perfunctory guardians of all the pleasures of the people, on days of festival as well as on days of execution, stood at the four corners of the marble table.