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[kur-suh-ree] /ˈkɜr sə ri/
going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial:
a cursory glance at a newspaper article.
Origin of cursory
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
quick, brief, passing, haphazard. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cursory
  • But, publicly, the agency released only cursory information about what the malware affected and how it could be mitigated.
  • But the administration's preparations have been cursory.
  • Most notably, it identifies areas worth exploring later, and allows for cursory glances at sights not worth the effort otherwise.
  • Most only give the manuals a cursory glance and then only for the primary functions.
  • Even a cursory glance at the history of communications technology shows a recurring pattern.
  • Please ask yourself why you're so willing to discard so much evidence when you haven't even taken a cursory look at it.
  • Records from the hearings show that only a cursory effort was made to reach them.
  • And even a cursory look at his gallery of work makes its stealth and subversiveness abundantly clear.
British Dictionary definitions for cursory


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 cursory

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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