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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perfunctorily, as a formality, pro formaadverb

    in a set manner without serious attention

    "they answered my letter pro forma"; "he kissed her cheek perfunctorily"


  1. perfunctorilyadverb

    In a perfunctory manner, without interest or concern for quality.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Perfunctorilyadverb

    Carelesly; negligently.

    Etymology: perfunctoriè, Lat.

    His majesty casting his eye perfunctorily upon it, and believing it had been drawn by mature advice, no sooner received it, than he delivered it to the lord-keeper. Edward Hyde.

    Whereas all logic is reducible to the four principal operations of the mind, the two first of these have been handled by Aristotle very perfunctorily; of the fourth he has said nothing at all. Thomas Baker, Reflection on Learning.


  1. perfunctorily

    Perfunctorily refers to performing an action or task in a way that is carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection, often due to a lack of interest or care. It reflects a sense of going through the motions or doing something routinely without thought or enthusiasm. It's often associated with a mechanical, unenthusiastic or indifferent approach.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perfunctorilyadverb

    in a perfunctory manner; formally; carelessly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perfunctorily in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perfunctorily in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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