perfunctory

[per-fuhngk-tuh-ree]
adjective
1.
performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial: perfunctory courtesy.
2.
lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent or apathetic: In his lectures he reveals himself to be merely a perfunctory speaker.

Origin:
1575–85; < Late Latin perfūnctōrius negligent, superficial, derivative of perfungī to do one's job, be done, equivalent to per- per- + fung-, base of fungī to perform, function + -tōrius -tory1

perfunctorily, adverb
perfunctoriness, noun


1, 2. negligent, heedless, thoughtless, uninterested.


1, 2. careful, diligent.
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perfunctory (pəˈfʌŋktərɪ)
 
adj
1.  done superficially, only as a matter of routine; careless or cursory
2.  dull or indifferent
 
[C16: from Late Latin perfunctōrius negligent, from perfunctus dispatched, from perfungī to fulfil; see function]
 
per'functorily
 
adv
 
per'functoriness
 
n

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perfunctory
1581, from L.L. perfunctorius "careless, negligent," lit. "like one who wishes to get through a thing," from L. perfungus, pp. of perfungi "discharge, get through," from per- "through" + fungi "perform" (see function).
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Example sentences
As the film accelerates toward its conclusion, the strands of its clever plot are too hastily and perfunctorily resolved.
There's the couple, both hoping to be independent writers, perfunctorily
  toiling away at their day jobs until they make it big.
These inflammatory words were delivered quietly, almost perfunctorily.
Shareholders usually perfunctorily affirm such choices.
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