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Some perfunctory touches, such as a handshake, may be largely benign, whereas aggressive or abusive touch often precipitates long-term health detriments.
THERE’S A BIOLOGICAL REASON WHY WE MISS HUGS SO MUCHPURBITA SAHAAUGUST 23, 2021POPULAR-SCIENCE
Despite the many small moments of authenticity peppered throughout, there are too many others that are either too precious or too perfunctory, and that makes it hard to care as much about the ones that work.
WAHLBERG WALKS FOR REDEMPTION IN DISAPPOINTING ‘JOE BELL’JOHN PAUL KINGJULY 22, 2021WASHINGTON BLADE
A writer of fiction and popular histories, Montefiore is a vivid storyteller, but his commentary on speeches often has a rushed, perfunctory feel.
AN ANTHOLOGY OF GREAT SPEECHES, FROM THE INSPIRATIONAL TO THE OMINOUSJEFF SHESOLJULY 9, 2021WASHINGTON POST
These shows, though they try hard to generate excitement, can’t help but feel a bit perfunctory.
GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS CELEBRATE PROGRESSJOHN PAUL KINGAPRIL 13, 2021WASHINGTON BLADE
These gestures, marked with a level of pomp that made them feel all the more perfunctory, did little to encourage confidence in the organization’s sincerity.
EMBATTLED GOLDEN GLOBES SCRAMBLE FOR SHOW OF DIVERSITYJOHN PAUL KINGMARCH 2, 2021WASHINGTON BLADE
He invites various players to make the cards; this is done in rather a perfunctory manner.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
Various matters mentioned by the governor receive perfunctory and formal answers.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, 1493-1898, VOLUME XX, 1621-1624VARIOUS
A test examination would follow of a perfunctory character, and an intimation of your appointment would be the sequel.
PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, VOLUME 107, NOVEMBER 3, 1894VARIOUS
Some of the others said a perfunctory word or two and went away with lingering backward looks.
HILDASARAH JEANETTE DUNCAN
Her desirable surroundings kindled her to but a perfunctory interest in life: the electric spark was absent.
HILDASARAH JEANETTE DUNCAN
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WORDS RELATED TO PERFUNCTORY

  • apathetic
  • cool
  • impassive
  • indifferent
  • irresolute
  • lackluster
  • listless
  • lukewarm
  • neutral
  • passive
  • perfunctory
  • spiritless
  • tame
  • tepid
  • unenthusiastic
  • uninterested
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