A robot won’t do the stairs for you, so if you have staircases, they’ll need manual attention, plus they’re pricey, and while some do come with a mop function, most don’t allow you to use much more than water, so it’s pretty perfunctory.
The tiny flags pinned on so many politicians’ lapels seemed less perfunctory and more like an act of faith.
The court’s dismissal of the Texas challenge was perfunctory and cloaked in legal language about the state not having the legal standing to bring such a case about other states’ election procedures.
You could bolster it by grabbing the bride’s hands and saying, “I wish you all the happiness in the world,” but perhaps that is not perfunctory enough — especially if others are behind you, waiting to congratulate her.
I answered his questions perfunctorily, begging off that I was soon to return to my dorm, as I was tired.
Deane watched his face as—perfunctorily subdued, decorous, he stood where Ruth had stood a moment before.
The Martian nodded perfunctorily to the girl and then turned his level gaze toward the man.
But when the door had finally closed on him Hepworth let his perfunctorily smiling face relax.
She gave some attention to her flowers, but it was perfunctorily bestowed, for they no longer charmed her.
"Ye've done gr-r-rand f'r-r a beginnerr-r," said John McTavish, wearily, perfunctorily.
On this page you'll find 14 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to perfunctorily, such as: partially, badly, deficiently, incompetently, incompletely, and ineffectively.
From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.