Superficial meaning

so͝opər-fĭshəl
The definition of superficial is something on the surface or a person concerned only about obvious things.

An example of superficial is an oil spill that doesn't go very deep into the ocean.

An example of superficial is someone who is only interested in how they and others look.

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Concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; shallow.

Wrote him off as superficial.

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Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface.

A superficial wound.

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Concerned with and understanding only the easily apparent and obvious; not profound; shallow.
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(chiefly in plural) A surface detail.

He always concentrates on the superficials and fails to see the real issue.

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Shallow, lacking substance.
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Apparent rather than actual or substantial.

A superficial resemblance between the two films.

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Quick and cursory.

A superficial reading.

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Seeming such only at first glance; merely apparent.

A superficial resemblance.

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At face value.
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Of or pertaining to the surface.
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Being near the surface.
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(rare) Two-dimensional; drawn on a flat surface.
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Not extensive or important; minor or insignificant.

Made only a few superficial changes in the manuscript.

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Origin of superficial

  • Middle English from Old French superficiel from Latin superficiālis from superficiēs surface superficies

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