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Pronunciation:  pur'fungkturee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  as a formality only; "a one-candidate pro forma election"

PERFUNCTORY is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: careless, casual, cursory, formal, passing(a), pro forma



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per*func"to*ry\, a. [L. perfunctorius, fr.
perfunctus dispatched, p. p. of perfungi to discharge,
dispatch; per (see {Per}) + fungi to perform. See
1. Done merely to get rid of a duty; performed mechanically
   and as a thing of rote; done in a careless and superficial
   manner; characterized by indifference; as, perfunctory
   admonitions. --Macaulay.

2. Hence: Mechanical; indifferent; listless; careless.
   ``Perfunctory in his devotions.'' --Sharp.

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