unsuperficial


unsuperficial

adjective

  1. being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound.
  2. of or relating to the surface: superficial measurement.
  3. external or outward: a superficial resemblance.
  4. concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer.
  5. shallow; not profound or thorough: a superficial writer.
  6. apparent rather than real.
  7. insubstantial or insignificant: superficial improvements.

adjective

  1. of, relating to, being near, or forming the surfacesuperficial bruising
  2. displaying a lack of thoroughness or carea superficial inspection
  3. only outwardly apparent rather than genuine or actualthe similarity was merely superficial
  4. of little substance or significance; trivialsuperficial differences
  5. lacking originality or profunditythe film’s plot was quite superficial
  6. (of measurements) involving only the surface area

adj.late 14c., in anatomical and mathematical uses, “of or relating to a surface,” from Latin superficialis “of or pertaining to the surface,” from superficies “surface,” from super “above, over” (see super-) + facies “form, face” (see face (n.)). Meaning “not deep, without thorough understanding, cursory” (of perceptions, thoughts, etc.) first recorded early 15c. (implied in superficially “not thoroughly”). adj.

  1. Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface.
  2. Not thorough.

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