perfunctory

[ per-fuhngk-tuh-ree ]
/ pərˈfʌŋk tə ri /

adjective

performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial: perfunctory courtesy.
lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent or apathetic: In his lectures he reveals himself to be merely a perfunctory speaker.

Nearby words

  1. performing arts,
  2. perfume,
  3. perfumed,
  4. perfumer,
  5. perfumery,
  6. perfusate,
  7. perfuse,
  8. perfusion,
  9. perfusive,
  10. pergamum

Origin of perfunctory

1575–85; < Late Latin perfūnctōrius negligent, superficial, derivative of perfungī to do one's job, be done, equivalent to per- per- + fung-, base of fungī to perform, function + -tōrius -tory1

Related formsper·func·to·ri·ly, adverbper·func·to·ri·ness, noun

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perfunctory

/ (pəˈfʌŋktərɪ) /

adjective

done superficially, only as a matter of routine; careless or cursory
dull or indifferent
Derived Formsperfunctorily, adverbperfunctoriness, noun

Word Origin for perfunctory

C16: from Late Latin perfunctōrius negligent, from perfunctus dispatched, from perfungī to fulfil; see function

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