What does cursory mean?

Definitions for cursoryˈkɜr sə ri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. casual, cursory, passing(a), perfunctory(adj)

    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

    "a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws"; "a passing glance"; "perfunctory courtesy"


  1. cursory(Adjective)

    hasty; superficial; careless

    Most junk mail requires only a cursory glance.

  2. cursory(Adjective)

    Running about; not stationary.

  3. Origin: From cursorius

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cursory(adj)

    running about; not stationary

  2. Cursory(adj)

    characterized by haste; hastily or superficially performed; slight; superficial; careless

  3. Origin: [L. cursorius, fr. cursor. See Cursor.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cursory

    kur′sor-i, adj. hasty: superficial: careless.—adj. Cur′sorary (Shak.), cursory.—adv. Cur′sorily.—n. Cur′soriness. [L. currĕre, cursum, to run.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cursory

    急ぎの、ぞんざいな in Japanese. Wrong translation on your website.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cursory in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cursory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The ACS:

    In the U.S. it is quite cursory, it doesn’t take very long, the physician usually has not had much training in clinical breast examination.

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