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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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Adv.1.superficially - in a superficial manner; "he was superficially interested"

superficially

adverb at first glance, apparently, on the surface, ostensibly, externally, at face value, to the casual eye Many of these killers are glib and superficially charming.

superficially

adverb
On the surface:
Idioms: on the face of it, to all appearances.
Translations
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yüzeysel olarak

superficially

[ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəlɪ] ADV
1. (= in a shallow way) [deal with, treat, know, discuss] → superficialmente, de manera superficial, por encima
2. (= at first glance) superficially, the plane looked more or less conventional, but actuallyen apariencia era un avión convencional pero de hecho ...
although this explanation seems superficially attractiveaunque superficialmente or a primera vista esta explicación parece interesante ...
3. (Tech, Med) the incision is made superficiallyla incisión se hace en la superficie

superficially

[ˌsuːpərˈfɪʃəli] advsuperficiellement

superficially

adv discuss, examineoberflächlich; similar, differentäußerlich; superficially this may be trueoberflächlich gesehen mag das stimmen

superficially

[ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəlɪ] advsuperficialmente

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
References in classic literature ?
Cutters all over the world; sometimes founding new religions, sometimes being forcibly fed--easily recognizable, even when superficially tamed.
The remaining figure is apparently that of a man, but I hesitate to classify him so superficially.
He had known the love that is fed on caresses and feeds them; but this passion that was closer than his bones was not to be superficially satisfied.
He was only quite at ease when having poured several glasses of wine mechanically into his large mouth he felt a pleasant warmth in his body, an amiability toward all his fellows, and a readiness to respond superficially to every idea without probing it deeply.
which is superficially similar, will show how far superior is the former in which the goddess is but a victim to forces stronger than herself.
And if at such times you should think that you really perceived drops of moisture in the spout, how do you know that they are not merely condensed from its vapor; or how do you know that they are not those identical drops superficially lodged in the spout-hole fissure, which is countersunk into the summit of the whale's head?
How superficially he smoothed these events into a semblance of decency which harmonized with his own view of life
The limit of this evil time had arrived only when, on the dawn of a winter's morning, Peter Quint was found, by a laborer going to early work, stone dead on the road from the village: a catastrophe explained-- superficially at least--by a visible wound to his head; such a wound as might have been produced--and as, on the final evidence, HAD been-- by a fatal slip, in the dark and after leaving the public house, on the steepish icy slope, a wrong path altogether, at the bottom of which he lay.
Pendril was one of the many men who appear superficially to the worst advantage, under the influence of strong mental agitation which it is necessary for them to control.
Superficially the contagion of these brutes was upon me, but deep down within me the laughter and disgust struggled together.
And now that we are acquainted, superficially at least, with the masters and the valets, let us pass on to the dwellings occupied by each of them.
Owing to this education, if it really deserved such a name, she had superficial accomplishments, superficially acquired--principles that scarce extended beyond the retenue and morals of her sex--tastes that had been imbibed from questionable models--and hopes that proceeded from a false estimate of the very false position into which she had been accidentally and suddenly thrown.