- going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial: a cursory glance at a newspaper article.
Origin of cursory
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quick, brief, passing, haphazard.
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Examples from the Web for cursorily
The wide domain of science can be but cursorily touched upon.A Book for All Readers
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Cursorily, the district leader let his gaze wander about the apartment.Final Weapon
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The women looked at her, not curiously, or with compassion or disgust, but cursorily.Nights in London
I must cursorily observe, that the main circumstance which struck me in this detachment, was the extreme youth of the major part.
All these difficulties are well known, therefore I refer to them only cursorily.The Jewish State
- hasty and usually superficial; quicka cursory check
C17: from Late Latin cursōrius of running, from Latin cursus a course, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for cursorily
c.1600, from Middle French cursoire "rapid," from Late Latin cursorius "hasty, of a race or running," from Latin curs-, past participle stem of currere "to run" (see current (adj.)).
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