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Definition quick—not thorough (without attention to detail)
  • I did a cursory search on Google and found several articles.
cursory = quick (not thorough)
  • She published a cursory list of new the features in Facebook.
  • cursory = quick (without attention to detail)
  • A cursory inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws.
  • cursory = quick (without attention to detail)
  • We were subjected to a very cursory pat-down in the prison lobby by a male officer before being admitted through the barred gate to the main prison area.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • cursory = quick (not thorough)
  • But excepting two odd incidents, the circumstances of his stay until the extraordinary day of the club festival may be passed over very cursorily.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • cursorily = quickly (without attention to details)
  • Through this work I obtained a cursory knowledge of history and a view of the several empires at present existing in the world; it gave me an insight into the manners, governments, and religions of the different nations of the earth.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • cursory = quick (without a lot of detail)
  • Despite Teabing's insistence that their investigation should be conducted meticulously, Sophie felt eager and pushed ahead of them, making a cursory walk-through of the five knights on the left.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • cursory = quick (without attention to detail)
  • I noticed these objects cursorily only — in them there was nothing extraordinary.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • cursorily = in a hasty manner
  • He gave the photo a cursory glance. "I am sorry. I have never seen him."
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • cursory = quick (not careful or with attention to detail)
  • The troopers made a cursory examination of the vehicle and its environs for signs of foul play and then departed.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • cursory = quick (without attention to detail)
  • Even a cursory glance through Da Vinci's journals revealed why the luminary was as notorious for his lack of follow-through as he was famous for his brilliance.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • cursory = quick (without attention to detail)
  • After a cursory glance at the rest of the rooms, from basement to attic, we came to the conclusion that the dining room contained any effects which might belong to the Count.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • cursory = quick (without attention to detail)
  • She gave a cursory nod to the group before her gaze fell on Max, sitting small and hunched at the table.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • cursory = hasty and without much attention
  • The photographs themselves showed no landmarks, and after a cursory glance through them, Jennifer wondered how to find out more about her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • cursory = hasty and without attention to detail
  • As they walked side by side, Peters and he, along the interminable corridors, through the cursory customs and immigration check,
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • cursory = quick (without attention to detail)
  • Nathaniel gives the hall a cursory look, but his gaze is fixed on the stage, with the musicians filing back in from the dressing room.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • cursory = hasty and without attention to detail
  • A few hours later, the first of many passersby gave it a cursory glance as they went by the window.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • cursory = hasty and without attention to detail
  • In fact, having once satisfied themselves that no egress could have been made in this quarter, they would naturally bestow here a very cursory examination.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • cursory = hasty and without attention to detail
  • Sure enough, by the time I lifted my head a couple of minutes later to turn my attention to the teacher, a cursory check revealed everyone else was pretty much doing the same.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • cursory = hasty (quick) and without attention to detail
  • Some nights, though, if she got a good idea, she rushed into Yoyo's room, a flushed look on her face, her tablet of paper in her hand, a cursory knock on the door she'd just thrown open.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
cursory = hasty

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