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superficial

adjective (NOT COMPLETE)    /ˌsuː.pəˈfɪʃ.əl/ US  /-pɚ-/ usually disapproving
C2 not complete and involving only the most obvious things: I thought that article was written at a very superficial level. The documentary's treatment/analysis of the issues was very superficial. I only have a superficial (= slight) knowledge of French.Incomplete superficiality     /-ˌfɪʃ.iˈæl.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ˌfɪʃ.iˈæl.ə.t̬i/ noun [U] Not showing careful thoughtIncomplete superficially     /-i/ adverb C2 The job I've been offered is superficially (= seems to be) attractive/appealing, but I think I might find it boring after a while. Religious education is poorly and superficially taught in most schools.IncompleteSeeming and purporting to beFaking and pretendingNot showing careful thought
(Definition of superficial adjective (NOT COMPLETE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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