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Examples of cursory in a Sentence
Only a cursory inspection of the building's electrical wiring was done.
The mayor gave a cursory glance at the report.
Even the most cursory look at the organization's records shows problems.
Recent Examples of cursory from the Web
The lawsuit says detectives conducted a cursory investigation and ignored information Ponyicky offered in her own defense.
But even a cursory look at the site reveals that there has been virtually no effort to edit out racism and sexism.
The divide Even a cursory glance at the headlines reveals deep fault lines running through our country.
My cursory research shows that Nike and Adidas are both good choices for super-fast footwear.
A cursory check by the AP in a handful of states found at least 20 locations where bridges have been raised or construction will begin soon.
Again, even a cursory reading of the mayor's remarks reveal how obviously Trump had misrepresented them.
But Palestinians have a politics, too, which usually gets only cursory attention.
The school had drilled for just this sort of emergency, but this was real, not a cursory test run.
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What Is the Difference Between cursory,superficial, and shallow?
Cursory and its synonyms "superficial" and "shallow" all mean "lacking in depth or solidity" - but these words are not used in exactly the same way in all cases. "Cursory," which comes from the Latin verb currere ("to run"), implies speed and stresses a lack of attention to detail. While "cursory" suggests a lack of thoroughness, "superficial" implies a concern only with surface aspects or obvious features. An analysis of a problem might be labeled "superficial" if it considers only the obvious and fails to dig deeper into the issue. "Shallow" is more generally derogatory in implying lack of depth in knowledge, reasoning, emotions, or character, as in "insensitive and shallow comments."
Synonym Discussion of cursory
CURSORY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cursory for English Language Learners
: done or made quickly
CURSORY Defined for Kids
Definition of cursory for Students
: done or made quickly a cursory reply
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