going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial: a cursory glance at a newspaper article.
- cur·so·ri·ly, adverb
- cur·so·ri·ness, noun
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How to use cursory in a sentence
Public health experts said the health department could have taken several measures to begin to address the concerns raised in the air-quality studies, including conducting a cursory examination of health trends.“A Complete Failure of the State”: Authorities Didn’t Heed Researchers’ Calls to Study Health Effects of Burning Sugar Cane | by Lulu Ramadan, The Palm Beach Post | August 19, 2021 | ProPublica
A cursory Google search will bring up several fear-inducing articles that discuss the dangers of full-face snorkels, and they all relate to CO2.The best full face snorkel mask for all your aquatic adventures | Florie Korani | July 26, 2021 | Popular-Science
In Wu’s book, Apple barely makes an appearance, and in Senator Amy Klobuchar’s new book, Antitrust, which is a ringing call for remaking and enforcing anti-monopolization policy, the discussions of Apple seem more cursory than central to her thesis.
At the same time, our cursory understanding of these obscure worlds has expanded tremendously.The best places to find extraterrestrial life in our solar system, ranked | Neel V. Patel | June 16, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Again, the argument is basically that a guy dealing with a pandemic was too cursory and uninterested in the theory.
Taking to the Internet for a cursory search of this world reveals hundreds of videos of home-based animal breeding systems.The Weird Underground World of Urban Animal Husbandry | Dale Eisinger | May 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After a cursory read-through, Walsh offered him a part in The Big Trail.A New Biography Shows That ‘John Wayne’ Was His Own Best Creation | Christopher Bray | April 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A cursory inspection of available podcasts was unable to reveal the reason for the difficulty with iTunes.
At the time, many in the audience only had a cursory knowledge of comic books.The Rise of Superhero Therapy: Comic Books as Psychological Treatment | Alex Suskind | February 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Unless some kind of sky-high musical chairs ensues, anything more than a cursory pre-potty hello could become a little tricky.Wingman, an App for Hookups at 30,000 Feet, Wants To Be the Tinder of Airline Travel | Charlotte Lytton | February 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We had not time enough to walk over the gardens; but, from a cursory view of them, did not much regret our loss.
The natural history of these provinces would be an inexhaustible subject: the cursory traveller can only describe generally.
Lyons appeared to me, from the cursory information which I could obtain, to be as cheap as any town in France.
The most cursory study of history would reveal the falseness of this contention.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements | Nesta H. Webster
In order to introduce this story, it will be requisite to take a cursory view of some previous occurrences.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I | Francis Augustus Cox
British Dictionary definitions for cursory
hasty and usually superficial; quick: a cursory check
- cursorily, adverb
- cursoriness, noun
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