- 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.
Origin of perfunctory
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Related Wordspartially, badly, incompetently, incompletely, ineffectively, inefficiently, meagerly, partly, ineffectually, ineptly, perfunctorily, scantily
Examples from the Web for perfunctorily
Renouard, perfunctorily, did see no reason why he should make a long stay.Within the Tides
He asked where she was going, a conventional question, perfunctorily put.The Wrong Woman
Charles D. Stewart
She moved about perfunctorily, with an air of preoccupation.Jewel
Clara Louise Burnham
They tried him, formally if perfunctorily; he admitted his imposture, and begged for his life.Northern Lights
They applauded vociferously but perfunctorily, in order to appear to understand.The Octopus
- done superficially, only as a matter of routine; careless or cursory
- dull or indifferent
Word Origin and History for perfunctorily
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.