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cursory (ˈkɜːsərɪ Pronunciation for cursory



  1. hasty and usually superficial; quick   ⇒ a cursory check

Derived Forms

ˈcursorily adverb
ˈcursoriness noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin cursōrius of running, from Latin cursus a course, from currere to run

Example Sentences Including 'cursory'

A cursory examination of the figures accompanying the visages occupying the bottom half of the opposite page should do.
Business Today (2003)
A cursory look at the selections on his CD may confuse even more people, particularly standards purists.
Globe and Mail (2003)
But the IAEA blew the allegation apart in March after a cursory investigation.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
Her previous interview with Superintendent Thorne had been fairly cursory.
Penn, John Unto The Grave
It would have taken only a cursory glance at my CV to realise that there was no `continuing study".
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Michelle gave her a cursory glance, then returned her attention to the television screen.
MacNeill, Alastair The Devil's Door
Other passengers passed through with cursory glances over their luggage.
The United manager resents the amount of attention that is lavished on Beckham and he offered only a cursory response.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The difference in attitudes to men and women is clear from even a cursory reading of newspapers.
Worswick, Jacqueline A House Called Helen


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