Cursory meaning

kûrsə-rē
The definition of cursory is something done quickly with only a small attention to detail.

An example of cursory is when you only look over your notes for two minutes before a test instead of studying.

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Performed with haste and scant attention to detail.

A cursory glance at the headlines.

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Hastily, often superficially, done; performed rapidly with little attention to detail.
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Most junk mail requires only a cursory glance.

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Origin of cursory

  • Late Latin cursōrius of running from Latin cursor runner cursor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French cursoire (“rapid”), from Latin cursorius (“hasty, of a race or running”)

    From Wiktionary