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perfunctory

per·func·to·ry

perfunctory

 
pronunciation:
pr fuhngk t ri
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: done quickly and as a matter of routine; performed without care.
She gave the room a perfunctory cleaning and did not notice the gathering dust on the lampshades.
synonyms:
careless, casual, cursory, negligent, slapdash, slipshod, sloppy
antonyms:
careful, exhaustive, thorough
similar words:
halfhearted, inattentive, marginal, mediocre, superficial
definition 2: showing little thought or interest.
a perfunctory remark
synonyms:
apathetic, careless, casual, halfhearted, indifferent, offhand, unconcerned
antonyms:
considered
similar words:
cavalier, lukewarm, negligent, nonchalant, thoughtless, uninterested
derivations: perfunctorily (adv.), perfunctoriness (n.)
Word Parts
The word perfunctory contains the following parts:
-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).