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Meaning of SUPERFICIAL

Pronunciation:  `soopur'fishul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  involving a surface only; "her beauty is only skin-deep"; "superficial bruising"; "a surface wound"
  2. [adj]  being or affecting or concerned with a surface; 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"
  3. [adj]  of little substance or significance; "a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections"
  4. [adj]  relating to a surface; "superficial measurements"; "the superficial area of the wall"
 

SUPERFICIAL is a 11 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: apparent(a), dilettante, dilettanteish, dilettantish, facile, glib, insignificant, looking, ostensible, seeming(a), shallow, skin-deep, sounding, surface(a), trivial, unimportant
 
 Antonyms: profound
 
 See Also: careless, frivolous, outward

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Su`per*fi"cial\, a. [L. superficialis: cf. F.
superficiel. See {Superficies}.]
1. Of or pertaining to the superficies, or surface; lying on
   the surface; shallow; not deep; as, a superficial color; a
   superficial covering; superficial measure or contents;
   superficial tillage.

2. Reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or
   apparent; not deep or profound; shallow; -- said
   especially in respect to study, learning, and the like;
   as, a superficial scholar; superficial knowledge.

         This superficial tale Is but a preface of her worthy
         praise.                               --Shak.

         He is a presumptuous and superficial writer.
                                               --Burke.

         That superficial judgment, which happens to be right
         without deserving to be so.           --J. H.
                                               Newman.
   -- {Su`per*fi"cial*ly}, adv. -- {Su`per*fi"cial*ness}, n.

 
Medical Dictionary
 
 Definition: Affecting cells on the surface. Not invasive.
 

 

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