[ soo-per-fish-uh l ]
/ ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl /
being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound.
of or relating to the surface: superficial measurement.
external or outward: a superficial resemblance.
concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer.
shallow; not profound or thorough: a superficial writer.
apparent rather than real.
insubstantial or insignificant: superficial improvements.
Words nearby superficial
Origin of superficial
OTHER WORDS FROM superficial
su·per·fi·ci·al·i·ty [soo-per-fish-ee-al-i-tee] /ˌsu pərˌfɪʃ iˈæl ɪ ti/, su·per·fi·cial·ness, nounsu·per·fi·cial·ly, adverbqua·si-su·per·fi·cial, adjectivequa·si-su·per·fi·cial·ly, adverb
sub·su·per·fi·cial, adjectivesub·su·per·fi·cial·ly, adverbsub·su·per·fi·cial·ness, nounun·su·per·fi·cial, adjectiveun·su·per·fi·cial·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unsuperficial
/ (ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl) /
of, relating to, being near, or forming the surfacesuperficial bruising
displaying a lack of thoroughness or carea superficial inspection
only outwardly apparent rather than genuine or actualthe similarity was merely superficial
of little substance or significance; trivialsuperficial differences
lacking originality or profunditythe film's plot was quite superficial
(of measurements) involving only the surface area
Derived forms of superficialsuperficiality (ˌsuːpəˌfɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ) or rare superficialness, nounsuperficially, adverb
Word Origin for superficial
C14: from Late Latin superficiālis of the surface, from Latin superficies
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Medicine definitions for unsuperficial
[ sōō′pər-fĭsh′əl ]
Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface.
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