perfunctory

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Du bas latin 'perfunctorius' "insouciant, négligent," littéralement "qui veut terminer quelque chose," du latin 'perfungus', participe passé de 'perfungi' "exécuter, finir," de 'per-' "à travers" + 'fungi' "accomplir" .

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Nature Forme
Positif perfunctory
Comparatif more perfunctory
Superlatif most perfunctory

perfunctory \pəˈfʌŋ.tɹɪ\

  1. Négligent, pour la forme, superficiel ; par cœur, mécanique ; médiocre
    • He did a perfunctory job cleaning his dad’s car, finishing quickly but leaving a few spots still dirty.
    • Alternatively it may mean that a perfunctory search is enough to ensure that a purchase is acceptable, so less search is carried out. – Peter Bowbrick, The Economics of Quality, 1992, Grades, and Brands, p. 55.

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