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cursory | cursorily

cursory cursorily
done quickly with little attention to detail
  • How to Memorize
    • cursory - brief
  • Analysis

    The word ‘cursory’ tends to be used in a professional context to express a lack of thoroughness or neglect of details. This may be fitting if you are dealing with something unimportant, but it can also suggest negligence or a lack of professionalism.

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  • Example(s)
    1. Even a cursory examination of the evidence makes it clear that we have a very strong case for prosecution.

    2. She did review the document, but only cursorily so she might have missed something.

    3. I can’t remember any details from the email he sent. I gave it nothing more than a cursory glance.