ETYM Latin artificialis, from artificium: cf. French artificiel. Related to Artifice.
1. Artificially formal; SYN. contrived, stilted.
2. Contrived by art rather than nature; SYN. unreal.
3. Not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes.
ETYM Latin cursorius, from cursor. Related to Cursor.
Characterized by haste; hastily or superficially performed; slight; superficial; careless.
1. Absent-mindedly irresponsible; SYN. head-in-the-clouds, scatterbrained.
2. Irresponsibly frivolous; SYN. flyaway.
ETYM Latin frivolus; prob. akin to friare to rub, crumble, Eng. friable: cf. French frivole.
Not serious in content or attitude or behavior.
1. Bending downward or forward; pendulous, drooping
2. Slight, superficial
Relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind
ETYM Latin perfunctorius, from perfunctus dispatched, p. p. of perfungi to discharge, dispatch; per (see Per) + fungi to perform.
1. Done merely to get rid of a duty; performed mechanically and as a thing of rote; done in a careless and superficial manner.
2. Hence: Mechanical; indifferent; listless; careless.
3. Related to Function.
4. Mechanical, routine, cursory.
1. Lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious
2. Lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension; downward ); or inward from an outer surface ); or backward ); or outward from a center.
3. Not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply
Giving only major points; lacking completeness; SYN. unelaborated.
ETYM Latin superficialis: cf. French superficiel. Related to Superficies.
1. Being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually.
2. Of little substance or significance; SYN. trivial.
3. Relating to a surface.
ETYM Latin trivialis, properly, that is in, or belongs to, the crossroads or public streets.
Concerned with trivialities.