- being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound.
- of or relating to the surface: superficial measurement.
- external or outward: a superficial resemblance.
- concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer.
- shallow; not profound or thorough: a superficial writer.
- apparent rather than real.
- insubstantial or insignificant: superficial improvements.
Origin of superficial
Examples from the Web for superficially
Instead, it was superficially crass and, in turn, barely provocative.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
ID is only superficially supportive of Christian belief, a point I made in the debate.My Debate With an ‘Intelligent Design’ Theorist
Karl W. Giberson
April 21, 2014
Ends: When your boss sends out a superficially friendly email reminding everyone to stay safe on the way to the office tomorrow.So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm
Kelly Williams Brown
February 15, 2014
With its generous quota of automatic weapons and breaking glass, Die Hard 2 is superficially like a zillion other action movies.Seriously, ‘Die Hard’ Was a Novel Before It Was a Movie and a Good One
December 22, 2013
They are not superficially Jewish, the way that much of the Jersey Shore gang was superficially Italian-American.Is Bravo’s Jewish Princesses Long Island the Most Offensive TV Show Ever?
July 22, 2013
Still, the standard of wealth has superficially advanced, if that be any satisfaction.Another Sheaf
No amount of method will remove the curse of the superficially informed.College Teaching
When he had done, he examined, superficially, the wounds of each man.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
Superficially considered, they are an odd mingling of the new and the old.Early Theories of Translation
Flora Ross Amos
Superficially, the neat rows of houses looked the same as in any other town.The Status Civilization
- of, relating to, being near, or forming the surfacesuperficial bruising
- displaying a lack of thoroughness or carea superficial inspection
- only outwardly apparent rather than genuine or actualthe similarity was merely superficial
- of little substance or significance; trivialsuperficial differences
- lacking originality or profunditythe film's plot was quite superficial
- (of measurements) involving only the surface area
Word Origin and History for superficially
late 14c., in anatomical and mathematical uses, "of or relating to a surface," from Latin superficialis "of or pertaining to the surface," from superficies "surface," from super "above, over" (see super-) + facies "form, face" (see face (n.)). Meaning "not deep, without thorough understanding, cursory" (of perceptions, thoughts, etc.) first recorded early 15c. (implied in superficially "not thoroughly").
- Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface.
- Not thorough.