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"superficial" in British English

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superficialadjective

uk   /ˌsuː.pəˈfɪʃ.əl/ us   /ˌsuː.pɚˈfɪʃ.əl/
  • superficial adjective (NOT COMPLETE)

C2 usually disapproving 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.
superficiality
noun [U] uk   /ˌsuː.pəˌfɪʃ.iˈæl.ə.ti/ us   /ˌsuː.pɚ.fɪʃ.iˈæl.ə.t̬i/
superficially
adverb uk   /ˌsuː.pəˈfɪʃ.əl.i/ us   /ˌsuː.pɚˈfɪʃ.əl.i/
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. The arguments were very superficially discussed.
(Definition of superficial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"superficial" in American English

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superficialadjective

us   /ˌsu·pərˈfɪʃ·əl/
  • superficial adjective (NOT DEEP)

on the surface only; not deep: a superficial wound
If something written or said is superficial, it does not show any real understanding of the subject and does not include many details: Her book on the history of cars in America was extremely superficial.
A person who is described as superficial does not want to think seriously about anything, even important matters.
  • superficial adjective (NOT MUCH)

slight; not much: The storm was not bad, and most property damage was superficial.
(Definition of superficial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“superficial” in American English

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