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English definition of “perfunctory”

perfunctory

adjective uk   /pəˈfʌŋk.tər.i/ us    /pɚˈfʌŋk.tɚ.i/
done quickly, without taking care or interest: His smile was perfunctory.
perfunctorily
adverb uk   /-əl.i/ us  
The two heads of state shook hands perfunctorily for the photographers.
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