Definition of Cursory

1. Adjective. Hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough. "Perfunctory courtesy"

Exact synonyms: Casual, Passing, Perfunctory
Similar to: Careless
Derivative terms: Casualness



Definition of Cursory

1. a. Running about; not stationary.

Definition of Cursory

1. Adjective. hasty; superficial; careless ¹

2. Adjective. (obsolete) Running about; not stationary. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cursory

1. hasty and superficial [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cursory

cursivenesses
cursives
cursor
cursor key
cursor keys
cursorary
cursored
cursores
cursorial
cursorily
cursoriness
cursorinesses
cursoring
cursorless
cursors
cursory (current term)
cursour
cursours
curst
curstfully
cursus
curt
curtail
curtailed
curtailer
curtailers
curtailing
curtailment
curtailments
curtails

Literary usage of Cursory

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1. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature by Tobias George Smollett (1817)
"On a cursory examination of the last publication noticed, we observe no ... A cursory Enquiry into some of the principal causes of Mortality anton* Children ..."

2. The American Coast Pilot: Containing Directions for the Principal Harbors by Edmund March Blunt, George William Blunt (1847)
"cursory REMARKS AND SUGGESTIONS ON VARIOUS TOPICS IN METEOROLOGY. ... We now proceed to exhibit a more general and cursory view of the atmosphere and winds, ..."

3. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from Its Discovery to the Present by Joseph Sabin, Wilberforce Eames, Bibliographical Society of America, Robert William Glenroie Vail (1873)
"A cursory Examination of the Respective Pretensions of the ... B. 18010 A cursory Glimpse at the State of the Nation on the Twenty- Second of February, ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1888)
"... Origin and Description of Bognor,' London, 1807 ; ' cursory Inquiry into the Principal Causes of Mortality among Children,' London, 1817. ..."

5. The North American Review by Making of America Project, Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge (1826)
"Analytical Outlines of the English Language, or a cursory Examination of its Materials and Structure, in the form of Familiar Dialogues, ..."

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