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English adjective: superficial

1. superficial concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually


SamplesSuperficial similarities.
A superficial mind.
His thinking was superficial and fuzzy.
Superficial knowledge.
The superficial report didn't give the true picture.
Only superficial differences.


Similarapparent, dilettante, dilettanteish, dilettantish, facile, glib, looking, ostensible, sciolistic, seeming, shallow, skin-deep, sounding


See alsocareless, frivolous, outward


Antonymsprofound

2. superficial of, affecting, or being on or near the surface


SamplesSuperficial measurements.
The superficial area of the wall.
A superficial wound.

3. superficial of little substance or significance


SamplesA few superficial editorial changes.
Only trivial objections.


Synonymstrivial


Similarinsignificant, unimportant


Antonymssignificant, important









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