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
Many institutions provide only perfunctory advising and/or counseling.
The daughter remembers how she was too busy with city life to make anything
  more than a perfunctory phone call home.
The whole business seems rather perfunctory.
As the book proceeds, the stories and resolutions become more perfunctory.
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