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superficial

adjective (FALSE APPEARANCE)    /ˌsuː.pəˈfɪʃ.əl/ US  /-pɚ-/
appearing to be real or important when this is not true or correct: There are superficial similarities between the two cars, but actually they're quite different in terms of performance.Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending 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
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