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English definition of “superficial”

superficial

adjective (ONLY ON SURFACE)    /ˌsuː.pəˈfɪʃ.əl/ US  /-pɚ-/
only on the surface of something: superficial damage The driver only received superficial injuries/cuts/wounds.Not showing careful thought 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 (ONLY ON SURFACE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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