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cursory

[kur-suh-ree] /ˈkɜr sə ri/
adjective
1.
going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial:
a cursory glance at a newspaper article.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Late Latin cursōrius running, equivalent to Latin cur(rere) to run + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; cf. course
Related forms
cursorily, adverb
cursoriness, noun
Synonyms
quick, brief, passing, haphazard.
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British Dictionary definitions for cursoriness

cursory

/ˈkɜːsərɪ/
adjective
1.
hasty and usually superficial; quick: a cursory check
Derived Forms
cursorily, adverb
cursoriness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin cursōrius of running, from Latin cursus a course, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for cursoriness

cursory

adj.

c.1600, from Middle French cursoire "rapid," from Late Latin cursorius "hasty, of a race or running," from Latin curs-, past participle stem of currere "to run" (see current (adj.)).

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