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superficial

[soo-per-fish-uh l] /ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English superfyciall < Late Latin superficiālis, equivalent to Latin superfici(ēs) superficies + -ālis -al1
Related forms
superficiality
[soo-per-fish-ee-al-i-tee] /ˌsu pərˌfɪʃ iˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
superficialness, noun
superficially, adverb
quasi-superficial, adjective
quasi-superficially, adverb
subsuperficial, adjective
subsuperficially, adverb
subsuperficialness, noun
unsuperficial, adjective
unsuperficially, adverb
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Examples for superficially
  • superficially, this is encouraging and suggests that the previous decline of tigers has stopped.
  • superficially similar to donkeys, these tough ungulates are well-suited to their severe, water-stressed environment.
  • And the story, superficially ripped from the headlines, feels cobbled together.
  • The landscape of ballparks is changing, not only superficially but in how they play.
  • superficially the contagion of these brutes was upon me, but deep down within me the laughter and disgust struggled together.
  • We think that these dreams have undergone considerable distortion and for this reason are not to be judged superficially.
  • Political nostrums and social panaceas are but incidentally and superficially useful.
  • Neuroscientists were not trained in glial science, and the standard texts cover glia superficially, if at all.
  • The result is a superficially happy picture: broad-based growth, falling unemployment, affordable borrowing and rising investment.
  • The argument rests on a superficially neat piece of symmetry.
British Dictionary definitions for superficially

superficial

/ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
superficiality (ˌsuːpəˌfɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ), (rare) superficialness, noun
superficially, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin superficiālis of the surface, from Latin superficies
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Word Origin and History for superficially

superficial

adj.

late 14c., in anatomical and mathematical uses, "of or relating to a surface," from Latin 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, without thorough understanding, cursory" (of perceptions, thoughts, etc.) first recorded early 15c. (implied in superficially "not thoroughly").

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superficially in Medicine

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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