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definition of the word perfunctory

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Late Latin perfunctorius, from the past participial stem of perfungor, perfunct- (perform, carry through), from per- + fungor

perfunctory (comparative more perfunctory, superlative most perfunctory)

Positive
perfunctory

Comparative
more perfunctory

Superlative
most perfunctory

  1. Performed out of routine and with little care.
    He did a perfunctory job cleaning his dad's car, finishing quickly but leaving a few spots still dirty.
    • 1992, Peter Bowbrick, The Economics of Quality, Grades, and Brands, p. 55,
      Alternatively it may mean that a perfunctory search is enough to ensure that a purchase is acceptable, so less search is carried out.


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