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superficial

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1 lying on or affecting only the outer layer of something
  • a superficial scratch that barely even broke the skin
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2 having or showing a lack of depth of understanding or character
  • a superficial analysis of how the violence in video games affects young people
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superficial, shallow, cursory mean lacking in depth or solidity. superficial implies a concern only with surface aspects or obvious features.
    • a superficial analysis of the problem
shallow is more generally derogatory in implying lack of depth in knowledge, reasoning, emotions, or character.
    • a light, shallow, and frivolous review
cursory suggests a lack of thoroughness or a neglect of details.
    • gave the letter only a cursory reading


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