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perfunctory

adjective per·func·to·ry \pər-ˈfəŋ(k)-t(ə-)rē\

—used to describe something that is done without energy or enthusiasm because of habit or because it is expected

Full Definition of PERFUNCTORY

1
:  characterized by routine or superficiality :  mechanical <a perfunctory smile>
2
:  lacking in interest or enthusiasm
per·func·to·ri·ly \-t(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb
per·func·to·ri·ness \-t(ə-)rē-nəs\ noun

Examples of PERFUNCTORY

  1. <the violinist delivered a perfunctory performance that displayed none of the passion and warmth he was once known for>
  2. The eight-time Pro Bowl player sometimes goes several weeks without agreeing to do even the most perfunctory postgame interviews. —Nunyo Demasio, Sports Illustrated, 8 Jan. 2007

Origin of PERFUNCTORY

Late Latin perfunctorius, from Latin perfungi to accomplish, get through with, from per- through + fungi to perform — more at per-, function
First Known Use: 1593

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