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cursory

cur·so·ry

cursory

pronunciation:
kuhr s ri
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part of speech: adjective
definition: done quickly and without care; superficial.
The symptoms were so clear that even a cursory examination of the patient would have resulted in a confident diagnosis.He'd only given the report a cursory glance and was therefore not prepared to discuss it.
synonyms:
hasty, perfunctory, superficial
antonyms:
painstaking, serious, thorough
similar words:
careless, casual, desultory, discursive, halfhearted, hurried, precipitate, quick, shallow, slapdash, summary
derivations: cursorily (adv.), cursoriness (n.)
Word Parts
The word cursory contains the following parts:
cur1, curr, cor1, corr, curs, cour1, cours Latin root that means to run
-ory, -atory2 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means serving to, pertaining to
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The suffix -ory , -atory2 attaches to Latin verb roots to form adjectives. Adjectives ending in "-atory " tend to have corresponding verbs ending in "-ate" (congratulatory: congratulate).