|Origin:||superficialis, from Latin superficies 'surface', from facies 'face'|
Related topics: Earth Sciences
not studying or looking at something carefully and only seeing the most noticeable things
not looking/studying carefully
superficial examination/study etc
Even a superficial inspection revealed serious flaws.
Naturally, such visits can allow only the most superficial understanding of prison life.
seeming to have a particular quality, although this is not true or real
Despite their superficial similarities, the two novels are in fact very different.
Beneath his refined manners and superficial elegance lay something treacherous.
at/on a superficial level
At a superficial level, things seem to have remained the same.
affecting only the surface of your skin or the outside part of something, and therefore not serious:
She escaped with only superficial cuts and bruises.
someone who is superficial does not think about things that are serious or important - used to show disapproval [= shallow]:
All the other girls seemed silly and superficial to Darlene.
superficial changes, difficulties etc are not important and do not have a big effect [= minor]:
superficial changes in government policies
existing in or relating to the top layer of something, especially soil, rock etc
—superficiality noun [uncountable]