perfunctory definition

  • adjective:
    • complete consistently along with small interest or treatment: The operator replied the telephone with a perfunctory greeting.
    • Acting with indifference; showing little interest or care.
    • Done simply to discharge a duty; carried out mechanically and as anything of rote; carried out in a careless and shallow fashion; described as indifference; since, perfunctory admonitions; aspiring only to minimum standards.
    • Done simply to dump a duty; carried out mechanically and also as anything of rote; carried out in a careless and shallow fashion; characterized by indifference.
    • ergo: Mechanical; indifferent; listless; reckless.
    • as a formality only
    • hasty and without attention to detail; not comprehensive
  • others:
    • Done mechanically or without interest or zeal, and simply with regard to getting rid of the work; carried out in a half-hearted or reckless fashion, approximately on conform to the letter although not towards the spirit; careless; negligent.

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