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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: perfunctorius, from Latin perfunctus, past participle of perfungi 'to get something done'

perfunctory

adjective
     
per‧func‧to‧ry formal
a perfunctory action is done quickly, and is only done because people expect it:
She gave him a perfunctory smile.
The applause was perfunctory.
perfunctorily adverb

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