Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Done merely for the sake of getting through; mechanical; formal.

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Usage examples "perfunctory":

  1. The seats facing each other on opposite sides of the chancel were unoccupied, save by a tall young woman and a little girl, who now hurriedly took their places, and in a formal, perfunctory manner put down their heads for a supposed private prayer for a blessing on this opportunity of public worship. - "Little Tora, The Swedish Schoolmistress and Other Stories", Mrs. Woods Baker.
  2. He greeted her with a kiss, but hers in return was perfunctory. - "An American Suffragette", Isaac N. Stevens.
  3. He had asked her, it is true, in a perfunctory way what she had done, and who her teachers had been. - "Miss Billy", Eleanor H. Porter.