Definition of 'perfunctory'
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Yet the romance is often perfunctory. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The exams are practical, perfunctory and very often multiple choice. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Was that rather perfunctory, or just the way we do things in the age of the smartphone? Times, Sunday Times (2015)Police investigations are often perfunctory. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I get into bed without the usual armour of thick socks and pyjamas, he strokes my back in a perfunctory manner. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It's hard to know what military personnel make of this phrase, which has become almost perfunctory through constant use. Times, Sunday Times (2014)There was a perfunctory nod in my direction as they entered my compartment and then I was ostensibly ignored, reasonably enough. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Used Occasionally. perfunctory is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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