A man signing documents.
- An example of perfunctory is a quick check of a car by a rental agency.
- An example of perfunctory is a businessman who signs letters without reading them.
- done without care or interest or merely as a form or routine; superficial: a perfunctory examination
- without concern or solicitude; indifferent: a perfunctory waitress
Origin of perfunctoryLate Latin perfunctorius ; from Classical Latin perfunctus, past participle of perfungi, to get rid of, discharge ; from per-, intensive + fungi, to perform: see function
- Done routinely and with little interest or care: The operator answered the phone with a perfunctory greeting.
- Acting with indifference; showing little interest or care.
Origin of perfunctoryLate Latin perf&umacron;nct&omacron;rius, from Latin perf&umacron;nctus, past participle of perfung&imacron;, to get through with : per-, per- + fung&imacron;, to perform.
(comparative more perfunctory, superlative most perfunctory)
- Done merely to discharge a duty; performed mechanically and as a thing of rote; done in a careless and superficial manner; characterized by indifference; as, perfunctory admonitions; aspiring only to minimum standards.
- He did a perfunctory job cleaning his dad's car, finishing quickly but leaving a few spots still dirty.
Late Latin perfunctorius, from the past participial stem of perfungor, perfunct- (“perform, carry through"), from per- + fungor