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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 ​realunderstanding 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, ​evenimportantmatters.

superficial adjective (NOT MUCH)

slight; not much: The ​storm was not ​bad, and most ​propertydamage was superficial.
(Definition of superficial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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superficialadjective

uk   /ˌsuː.pəˈfɪʃ.əl/  us   /-pɚ-/

superficial adjective (NOT SERIOUS)

C2 disapproving (of a ​person) never ​thinking about things that are ​serious or ​important: He's ​fun to be with, but he's very superficial.

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.

superficial adjective (FALSE APPEARANCE)

appearing to be ​real or ​important when this is not ​true or ​correct: There are superficial ​similarities between the two ​cars, but really they're very different in ​terms of ​performance.

superficial adjective (ONLY ON SURFACE)

only on the ​surface of something: superficial ​damage The ​driver only ​received superficial ​injuries/​cuts/​wounds.
superficiality
noun [U] uk   /-ˌfɪʃ.iˈæl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ˌfɪʃ.iˈæl.ə.t̬i/
superficially
adverb uk   us   /-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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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