When the credits rolled, there was some polite and perfunctory clapping.
Romney...well, honestly, I'm a little surprised there wasn't even a perfunctory thank you.
And when metal detectors were used, which was rarely, the screenings were perfunctory.
Spitzer rolled his eyes at the interruption, grumbling a perfunctory “very funny.”
Frank Sinatra, who might have made a perfect Sky Masterson, made a perfunctory Nathan Detroit.
The conversation was perfunctory, every one's curiosity waiting on Mildred and the crystal.
In an instant her interest in the paper was more than perfunctory.
"True, sir," said I in perfunctory acknowledgment, but with errant thoughts.
After the benediction, came the minister's perfunctory congratulations.
Opal shook hands with the Boy in her most perfunctory manner.
1580s, from Late Latin perfunctorius "careless, negligent," literally "like one who wishes to get through a thing," from Latin perfungus, past participle of perfungi "discharge, busy oneself, get through," from per- "through" + fungi "perform" (see function (n.)). Related: Perfunctorily.