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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.
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After the first version of A Vision was published in 1925, his attentions turned ever more conspicuously elsewhere, and an air of disengagement or perfunctoriness sometimes enters his letters: "When do you want me back?
Conversely, Elizabeth Costello's novel, while developing from sketchy metafictional perfunctoriness into its own highly charged "embeddedness" in her being, is ultimately sifted through the sieve of "an elaborate set of dovetailing commonplaces," "a purgatory of cliches" redacted from an infinite number of intertexts, some of them by Kafka (206).
Though Orwell found Scott-King "extremely readable," he detected "a certain perfunctoriness" that reflected Waugh's "lack of interest in his opponents." In spite of modern emphasis on economics, Scott-King insists on teaching classics, and Orwell proposed that this "die-hard, know-nothing attitude ...
As a result, important topics are mentioned but not pursued, while others are covered with a perfunctoriness that does injustice to the sophistication of the writer's intentions.
And so, despite the forensic force of the appellants' case, and the resentful perfunctoriness of the proponents', the tribunal finds against the appellants--as it was bound to do, given the political shockwaves that would be set in motion by a finding for the appellants.