perfunctorily


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.perfunctorily - in a set manner without serious attention; "they answered my letter pro forma"; "he kissed her cheek perfunctorily"
Translations

perfunctorily

[pəˈfʌŋktərɪlɪ] ADV [inspect] → superficialmente, someramente; [reply] → a la ligera; [kiss] → con indiferencia, mecánicamente

perfunctorily

advflüchtig

perfunctorily

[pəˈfʌŋktrɪlɪ] adv (inspect, enquire) → superficialmente; (agree, answer) → senza convinzione; (greet, smile) → meccanicamente
References in classic literature ?
In fact, although De Quincey was from time to time perfunctorily Tory, and always a good and faithful British subject, he was so eliminated from his time and place by his single love for books, that one could be in his company through the whole vast range of his writings, and come away without a touch of snobbishness; and that is saying a great deal for an English writer.
She thereupon turned round and lifted her face to his, and remained like a marble term while he imprinted a kiss upon her cheek--half perfunctorily, half as if zest had not yet quite died out.
[He perfunctorily thrusts them into his pockets, unconsciously decorating himself with the protruding ends of the chains].
And Billikens, very angry, very disgusted, very embarrassed, obeyed, putting his arms around his wife and kissing her neither too perfunctorily nor very long.
"If there has been so much fighting about religion," said Genestas, "God must have built up the system very perfunctorily. Should not a divine institution impress men at once by the truth that is in it?"
A calm that lasted more than twenty minutes," she read perfunctorily; and the next words her thoughtless eyes caught, on the top of another page, were: "see you and the children again.
Directly I appeared Dona Rita, away there on the couch, passed the tips of her fingers over her eyes and holding her hands up palms outwards on each side of her head, shouted to me down the whole length of the room: "The dry season has set in." I glanced at the pink tips of her fingers perfunctorily and then drew back.
Bill was perfunctorily buried, and Bert's Vigilance Committee
I said perfunctorily, "Do you?" And we remained gazing at each other.
We interviewed also through a grating in a mud wall closing a blind alley an immensely corpulent Ital ian, who, the ex-sergeant-major remarked to me perfunctorily, had "killed another man last year." Thereupon he addressed him as "Antonio" and "Old Buck," though that bloated carcase, appar ently more than half filling the sort of cell where in it sat, recalled rather a fat pig in a stye.
Then he said perfunctorily: "You have set inquiries on foot for tracing that other man up and down the line?"
indeed," Razumov said perfunctorily, and very vexed at her staying behind to talk to him "From Zurich--yes, of course.