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su·per·fi·cial

 (so͞o′pər-fĭsh′əl)
adj.
1. Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface: a superficial wound.
2. Concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; shallow: wrote him off as superficial.
3. Apparent rather than actual or substantial: a superficial resemblance between the two films.
4. Not extensive or important; minor or insignificant: made only a few superficial changes in the manuscript.

[Middle English, from Old French superficiel, from Latin superficiālis, from superficiēs, surface; see superficies.]

su′per·fi′ci·al′i·ty (-fĭsh′ē-ăl′ĭ-tē), su′per·fi′cial·ness (-fĭsh′əl-nĭs) n.
su′per·fi′cial·ly adv.
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superficial

(ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl)
adj
1. of, relating to, being near, or forming the surface: superficial bruising.
2. displaying a lack of thoroughness or care: a superficial inspection.
3. only outwardly apparent rather than genuine or actual: the similarity was merely superficial.
4. of little substance or significance; trivial: superficial differences.
5. lacking originality or profundity: the film's plot was quite superficial.
6. (Mathematics) (of measurements) involving only the surface area
[C14: from Late Latin superficiālis of the surface, from Latin superficies]
superficiality, ˌsuperˈficialness n
ˌsuperˈficially adv
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su•per•fi•cial

(ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl)

adj.
1. being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound.
2. external or outward; apparent rather than real: a superficial resemblance.
3. concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious.
4. shallow; not profound or thorough.
5. insubstantial or insignificant.
6. of or pertaining to the surface: superficial measurement.
[1375–1425; late Middle English superfyciall < Late Latin superficiālis= Latin superfici(ēs) superficies + -ālis -al1]
su`per•fi`ci•al′i•ty (-iˈæl ɪ ti) su`per•fi′cial•ness, n.
su`per•fi′cial•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.superficial - concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; "superficial similarities"; "a superficial mind"; "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"; "superficial knowledge"; "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"; "only superficial differences"
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"
outward - relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind; "a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections"
frivolous - not serious in content or attitude or behavior; "a frivolous novel"; "a frivolous remark"; "a frivolous young woman"
profound - showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth; "the differences are profound"; "a profound insight"; "a profound book"; "a profound mind"; "profound contempt"; "profound regret"
2.superficial - of, affecting, or being on or near the surface; "superficial measurements"; "the superficial area of the wall"; "a superficial wound"
3.superficial - of little substance or significancesuperficial - of little substance or significance; "a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections"
unimportant, insignificant - devoid of importance, meaning, or force
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superficial

adjective
1. shallow, frivolous, empty-headed, empty, silly, lightweight, trivial a superficial yuppie with no intellect whatsoever
shallow serious, earnest
3. slight, surface, external, cosmetic, on the surface, exterior, peripheral, skin-deep It may well look different but the changes are only superficial.
slight deep, profound
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superficial

adjective
1. Lacking in intellectual depth or thoroughness:
2. Appearing as such but not necessarily so:
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Translations
سَطْحِيسَطْحي، على السَّطْحسَطْحي، غَيْر عَميق
povrchnípovrchový
overfladisk
pinnallinen
površan
felületi
yfirborîs-
表面的な
피상적인
paviršinis
paviršsvirspusējs
povrchový
površenpovršinski
ytlig
ผิวเผิน ไม่ลึกซึ้ง ไม่สำคัญ
hời hợt

superficial

[ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl] ADJ
1. (= not deep) → superficial
she was treated for superficial cuts and bruisesle curaron algunos cortes superficiales y moratones
most of the buildings had sustained only superficial damagela mayoría de los edificios sólo habían sufrido daños superficiales
I suddenly realized how superficial she wasde repente me di cuenta de lo superficial que era
2. (in measurements) [area] → de superficie
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superficial

[ˌsuːpərˈfɪʃəl] adj
(= shallow) [person, mind] → superficiel(le)
(not in-depth) [analysis, knowledge, understanding] → superficiel(le)
(= apparent) [differences, changes, similarities] → superficiel(le)
(= not serious) [wound, injury, cut, burn] → superficiel(le)
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superficial

adj person, behaviour, injury, treatment, knowledgeoberflächlich; characteristics, resemblanceäußerlich
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superficial

[ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃl] adjsuperficiale
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superficial

(suːpəˈfiʃəl) adjective
1. on, or affecting, the surface only. The wound is only superficial.
2. not thorough. He has only a superficial knowledge of the subject.
ˈsuperˌficiˈality (-ʃiˈӕ-) noun
ˌsuperˈficially adverb
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superficial

سَطْحِي povrchní overfladisk oberflächlich επιφανειακός superficial pinnallinen superficiel površan superficiale 表面的な 피상적인 oppervlakkig overflatisk powierzchowny superficial поверхностный ytlig ผิวเผิน ไม่ลึกซึ้ง ไม่สำคัญ yapay hời hợt 表面的
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su·per·fi·cial

a. superficial, rel. a la superficie;
adv. superficialmente.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

superficial

adj superficial
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References in classic literature ?
But such reaction was effective only because an age had come--the age of a negative, or agnostic philosophy--in which men's minds must needs be limited to the superficialities of things, with a kind of narrowness amounting to a positive gift.
Summary: Barely had the smoke cleared following the deadly tragedy that struck Lebanon Monday and the circus was back in town, creating fear by indulging in superficialities rather than dealing in substance, even as the multiple suicide attacks are being addressed, and rightly so, by the country's many security forces, and on top of these the Army, which has been bearing the brunt.
It is unfortunate that we distract ourselves from the main issue by engaging in futile superficialities despite crucial deadlines at hand, Gemayel added.