superficial

[ soo-per-fish-uh l ]
/ ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl /

adjective

Origin of superficial

1375–1425; late Middle English superfyciall < Late Latin superficiālis, equivalent to Latin superfici(ēs) superficies + -ālis -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM superficial

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British Dictionary definitions for unsuperficial

superficial
/ (ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl) /

adjective

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 superficial

superficiality (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

superficial
[ sōō′pər-fĭshəl ]

adj.

Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface.
Not thorough.
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