superficial

[soo-per-fish-uhl]
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English superfyciall < Late Latin superficiālis, equivalent to Latin superfici(ēs) superficies + -ālis -al1

superficiality [soo-per-fish-ee-al-i-tee] , superficialness, noun
superficially, adverb
quasi-superficial, adjective
quasi-superficially, adverb
subsuperficial, adjective
subsuperficially, adverb
subsuperficialness, noun
unsuperficial, adjective
unsuperficially, adverb
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superficial (ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl)
 
adj
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
 
[C14: from Late Latin superficiālis of the surface, from Latin superficies]
 
superficiality
 
n
 
super'ficialness
 
n
 
super'ficially
 
adv

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superficial
c.1420, "of or relating to a surface," from L. 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 or thorough" (of perceptions, thoughts, etc.) first recorded c.1530.
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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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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.
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