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cursory

[ kur-suh-ree ]
/ ˈkɜr sə ri /
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adjective
going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial: a cursory glance at a newspaper article.
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Origin of cursory

1595–1605; <Late Latin cursōrius running, equivalent to Latin cur(rere) to run + -sōrius, for -tōrius-tory1; cf. course

OTHER WORDS FROM cursory

cur·so·ri·ly, adverbcur·so·ri·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cursory

cursory
/ (ˈkɜːsərɪ) /

adjective
hasty and usually superficial; quicka cursory check

Derived forms of cursory

cursorily, adverbcursoriness, noun

Word Origin for cursory

C17: from Late Latin cursōrius of running, from Latin cursus a course, from currere to run
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