- 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
Synonyms for perfunctory
Antonyms for perfunctory
Examples from the Web for perfunctoriness
Historical Examples of perfunctoriness
She greeted him with a like perfunctoriness and introduced him to Miss Belthorp.Happy Pollyooly
Lee could not escape that feeling of perfunctoriness in her twitter of talk.The Iron Furrow
George C. Shedd
It is not difficult to trace signs of fatigue and perfunctoriness in the later works of its representatives.The Russian Opera
Though she talked so sweetly there was, Karen felt it now, a perfunctoriness in Tante's remarks.Tante
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Sylvia thought she perceived a new note in Edna's tone, a courtesy, a perfunctoriness, that chilled her.The Opened Shutters
Clara Louise Burnham
- done superficially, only as a matter of routine; careless or cursory
- dull or indifferent
Word Origin for perfunctory
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.