AskDefine | Define perfunctory

Dictionary Definition

perfunctory adj
1 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" [syn: casual, cursory, passing(a)]
2 as a formality only; "a one-candidate pro forma election" [syn: pro forma]

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English

Pronunciation

\Per*func"to*ry\

Adjective

  1. Performed routinely and with little care.
    He did a perfunctory job cleaning his dad's car.

Synonyms

Translations

with little care

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