Thursday, April 13, 2000
perfunctory adjective [pur-FUNGK-tuh-ree] Done merely to carry out a duty; performed mechanically or routinely.
Definitions for perfunctory
- Done merely to carry out a duty; performed mechanically or routinely.
- Lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent.
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Citations for perfunctory
The city's moderate hotels, however, tend to offer minimal comforts, perfunctory service and dreary decor.
The mainstream media's coverage of hard economic data used to be perfunctory: a spot of news about the direction of interest rates, or a calculation of how the dollar was holding up against the yen.
Origin of perfunctory
Perfunctory derives from Late Latin perfunctorius, from Latin perfungi, to perform fully, to get done with, from per-, through + fungi, to perform.