going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial: a cursory glance at a newspaper article.

1595–1605; < Late Latin cursōrius running, equivalent to Latin cur(rere) to run + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; cf. course

cursorily, adverb
cursoriness, noun

quick, brief, passing, haphazard. Unabridged
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cursory (ˈkɜːsərɪ)
hasty and usually superficial; quick: a cursory check
[C17: from Late Latin cursōrius of running, from Latin cursus a course, from currere to run]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from M.Fr. cursoire "rapid," from L.L. cursorius "of a race or running," from L. cursor "runner," from cursum, pp. of currere "to run" (see current).
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But, publicly, the agency released only cursory information about what the
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But the administration's preparations have been cursory.
Most notably, it identifies areas worth exploring later, and allows for cursory
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Most only give the manuals a cursory glance and then only for the primary
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