What does the word perfunctory mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Mrs. Woods Baker
  2. He greeted her with a kiss, but hers in return was perfunctory. – An American Suffragette by 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 by Eleanor H. Porter