Definition of SUPERFICIAL


Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; "superficial similarities"; "a superficial mind"; "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"; "superficial knowledge"; "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"; "only superficial differences" ;

  • 2. (

    ) of, affecting, or being on or near the surface; "superficial measurements"; "the superficial area of the wall"; "a superficial wound" ;

  • 3. (

    ) of little substance or significance; "a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections" ;

  • 4. (

    ) occurring on or near the surface of the skin; "superficial burns"; "superficial facial injuries" ;

  • 5. (

    ) hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough; "a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws"; "a passing glance"; "perfunctory courtesy"; "In his paper, he showed a very superficial understanding of psychoanalytic theory" ;

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