Meaning of “superficial” in the English Dictionary

"superficial" in British English

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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.
noun [ U ] uk /ˌsuː.pəˌfɪʃ.iˈæl.ə.ti/ us /ˌsuː.pɚ.fɪʃ.iˈæl.ə.t̬i/
adverb uk /ˌsuː.pəˈfɪʃ.əl.i/ us /ˌsuː.pɚˈfɪʃ.əl.i/


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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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)