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superficial

su·per·fi·cial

superficial

 
 
pronunciation:
su pr fI shl
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, pertaining to, or located on the surface.
The cut was only superficial and didn't require a bandage.
synonyms:
surface
antonyms:
deep
similar words:
exterior, external, outer, outside, outward, skin-deep
definition 2: in outward appearance only.
The sisters bear a superficial resemblance, but they are very different individuals.
synonyms:
cosmetic, external, outward, skin-deep, surface
antonyms:
genuine
similar words:
apparent, seeming
definition 3: interested only in what is trivial or readily apparent.
a superficial person
synonyms:
shallow
antonyms:
deep, thoughtful
similar words:
facile, frivolous, slick
definition 4: not profound; shallow, slight, or insignificant.
a superficial understanding of the issues
synonyms:
cursory, shallow
antonyms:
profound, serious, significant
similar words:
desultory, facile, flimsy, hollow, insignificant, light, passing, perfunctory, skin-deep, slight, surface, token, trifling, trivial
definition 5: attending only to what lies on the surface; not thorough or complete.
a superficial investigationa superficial glance at his documents
antonyms:
comprehensive, exhaustive, intimate, radical, serious, thorough
derivations: superficially (adv.), superficiality (n.), superficialness (n.)