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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


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.


Similarinsignificant, unimportant

Antonymssignificant, important

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