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Definitions for superficial
ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əlsu·per·fi·cial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. superficialadjective

    concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually

    "superficial similarities"; "a superficial mind"; "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"; "superficial knowledge"; "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"; "only superficial differences"

  2. superficialadjective

    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface

    "superficial measurements"; "the superficial area of the wall"; "a superficial wound"

  3. superficial, trivialadjective

    of little substance or significance

    "a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections"

Wiktionary

  1. superficialnoun

    A surface detail.

    He always concentrates on the superficials and fails to see the real issue.

  2. superficialadjective

    Shallow, lacking substance.

  3. superficialadjective

    At face value.

  4. superficialadjective

    Of or pertaining to the surface.

  5. superficialadjective

    Being near the surface.

  6. superficialadjective

    Two-dimensional; drawn on a flat surface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superficialadjective

    of or pertaining to the superficies, or surface; lying on the surface; shallow; not deep; as, a superficial color; a superficial covering; superficial measure or contents; superficial tillage

    Etymology: [L. superficialis: cf. F. superficiel. See Superficies.]

  2. Superficialadjective

    reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or apparent; not deep or profound; shallow; -- said especially in respect to study, learning, and the like; as, a superficial scholar; superficial knowledge

    Etymology: [L. superficialis: cf. F. superficiel. See Superficies.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of superficial in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of superficial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of superficial in a Sentence

  1. Prashant Agarwal:

    A genuine faith that is based on actual reality helps in empowering you and makes you more confident. On the other hand, when you, yourself, have not experienced the real truth and have built your faith based on a superficial fact, you are exploited by the delusion of that fact. This way, you are not only misinterpreting the reality but is also keeping yourself bounded in a false faith. A superficial fact will keep you trapped in an artificial reality. Thereby you should develop your confidence through faith and belief, which is based on your experience and not just an obscure superficial fact.

  2. Ansel Adams:

    I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.

  3. John Green:

    Lacey shrugged bashfully. "Do you think I'm superficial?" "Well, yeah." I thought of myself standing outside Becca's bedroom, hoping she'd take off her shirt. "But so am I," I added. "So is everyone."

  4. Scott Huettel:

    I'd be very surprised if the algorithm ... has anything more than just superficial analogy to what we would call human intuition.

  5. Martin Tobias Lithner:

    In an imitation we always lose the true expression, in a plagiarism we always become the superficial attempt to reach an unprecedented depth.

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