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cursory
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Definition hasty and without attention to detail; or not thorough
  • I did a cursory search on Google and found several articles.
cursory = hasty and without attention to detail
  • A cursory inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws.
  • 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
  • He gave the photo a cursory glance.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • 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 = hasty and without attention to detail; or not thorough
  • 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
  • Whenever immigration authorities make even cursory attempts to enforce a 1986 law that allows employers to be fined up to $10,000 for each illegal immigrant they hire, businesses — onion farmers in Georgia, meatpacking firms in the Midwest — bitterly complain.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • cursory = not thorough (not trying very hard)
  • My mother took one last cursory glance at her brood then led the way up the goat path; we called the path from our home to the bridge the goat path because when we ran to meet our father after his day's work he said we looked like goats, cabroncitos, or cabritos.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • cursory = hasty and without attention to detail
  • Neither of the girls gave me more than a cursory one-two, which didn't bother me.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • cursory = hasty (quick)
  • The king was conducted with the greatest ceremony to the chamber of Morpheus, of which we owe some cursory description to our readers.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Chief Inspector Heat, crossing the shop at his busy, swinging pace, gave her only a cursory glance.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • Monk, left alone with Athos, affected to speak to him on nothing but indifferent subjects while examining the vault in a cursory manner.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • She accepted these terms, and slid off on the near side, though not till he had stolen a cursory kiss.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • From the cursory view here taken, it must clearly appear to have been an arduous part.
    Madison, James  --  Federalist Papers Authored by James Madison
  • "I thought so," he said, after a cursory examination.
    London, Jack  --  Moon-Face and Other Stories

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