superficial

[soo-per-fish-uhl]
adjective
1.
being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound.
2.
of or pertaining to the surface: superficial measurement.
3.
external or outward: a superficial resemblance.
4.
concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer.
5.
shallow; not profound or thorough: a superficial writer.
6.
apparent rather than real.
7.
insubstantial or insignificant: superficial improvements.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English superfyciall < Late Latin superficiālis, equivalent to Latin superfici(ēs) superficies + -ālis -al1

superficiality [soo-per-fish-ee-al-i-tee] , superficialness, noun
superficially, adverb
quasi-superficial, adjective
quasi-superficially, adverb
subsuperficial, adjective
subsuperficially, adverb
subsuperficialness, noun
unsuperficial, adjective
unsuperficially, adverb
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superficial (ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, being near, or forming the surface: superficial bruising
2.  displaying a lack of thoroughness or care: a superficial inspection
3.  only outwardly apparent rather than genuine or actual: the similarity was merely superficial
4.  of little substance or significance; trivial: superficial differences
5.  lacking originality or profundity: the film's plot was quite superficial
6.  (of measurements) involving only the surface area
 
[C14: from Late Latin superficiālis of the surface, from Latin superficies]
 
superficiality
 
n
 
super'ficialness
 
n
 
super'ficially
 
adv

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superficial
c.1420, "of or relating to a surface," from L. superficialis "of or pertaining to the surface," from superficies "surface," from super "above, over" (see super-) + facies "form, face" (see face (n.)). Meaning "not deep or thorough" (of perceptions, thoughts, etc.) first recorded c.1530.
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superficial su·per·fi·cial (sōō'pər-fĭsh'əl)
adj.

  1. Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface.

  2. Not thorough.

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Example sentences
The striking thing about that old list, as well as today's student comments, is
  the utter superficiality of the complaints.
Their profound confidence in their judgement on the matter is matched only by
  their level of superficiality and ignorance.
On the contrary, superficiality is the norm, and everybody in the world knows
  it.
In taking on the entire history of jazz he doomed himself to incompleteness and
  superficiality.
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