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perfunctory

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Definition done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
  • She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
perfunctory = done without much interest or effort
  • Her perfunctory apology did little to ease my annoyance.
  • perfunctory = done without much interest or effort
  • ...and he read her disapproval in every perfunctory and unenthusiastic line of her letter.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • He glanced perfunctorily at it, and shoved it in his pocket.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • perfunctorily = without much interest or effort
  • At the house, Rasheed covered her with a quilt when she lay on the couch, but there was a stiff, perfunctory air about this gesture.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • perfunctory = done without much interest
  • A few shot perfunctorily at distant marks.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • perfunctorily = without much interest or effort
  • It will be perfunctory, since it's clear he was trampled.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • perfunctory = done without much interest or effort
  • The agent had asked Serena the perfunctory question, "Did you bring anything back from Haiti?"
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • perfunctory = done without much interest
  • a feeble and perfunctory attempt to clear away some of the appalling mess of his study.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • perfunctory = done without much interest or effort
  • He was invited perfunctorily every Sunday, but he seemed to know that he oughtn't to come and always managed an excuse.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • perfunctorily = without much interest or effort
  • A rapid and somewhat perfunctory search followed.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • perfunctory = done quickly without concern or attention to detail
  • He perfunctorily thrusts them into his pockets, unconsciously decorating himself with the protruding ends of the chains.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • perfunctorily = done quickly without concern or attention to detail
  • MEEKER swears her in perfunctorily.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • perfunctorily = without much interest
  • The steer came up to him and made as though to nose at him and the bull hooked perfunctorily.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • perfunctorily = without much interest or effort
  • They had about them a perfunctory air, like men accustomed to caring for livestock.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • perfunctory = working without much effort
  • He offered to accompany her to the hospital, but in a perfunctory way.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • perfunctory = done without much interest or effort- (as though he felt he had to offer, but didn't really want to go)
  • She could not be negative or perfunctory about anything.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • perfunctory = without much interest or effort
  • He gave us each a perfunctory greeting and...
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • perfunctory = done without much interest or effort
  • And the guards who, when Volkovoi wasn't around, carried out the frisking perfunctorily, now flung themselves into their work with savage zeal.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • perfunctorily = done without much interest or effort — as when dispensing with a formality
  • Camila had intended to be perfunctory and if possible impudent, but now she was struck for the first time with the dignity of the old woman.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
perfunctory = behave without much interest or effort

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