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  • adv. In a cursory manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a running or hasty manner; carelessly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a running or hasty manner; slightly; hastily; without close attention or thoroughness: as, I read the paper cursorily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. without taking pains


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  • Mr de Klerk said he had spoken "cursorily" to Mr Mandela and Mr Mandela had given him certain assurances about details "which convinces me we will be able to reach some kind of consensus on this issue".

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  • Owsley Stanley, one of the first and best known of the freelance makers of LSD, cursorily dismisses the Brotherhood, calling its members a “bunch of loose cannons on a ship of fools.”

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  • Anyone who has ever studied history, however cursorily, is familiar with the famous saying of Spanish philosopher George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

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  • In that context the Time's article makes a muted aside to the administration's newly formed 'Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group' cursorily quoting Attorney General Holder, "Fraud or manipulation must not be allowed to prevent price decreases."

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  • This has neglected the essential role of what is sometimes dismissed rather cursorily as "back office".

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  • I live in my heart and in my head, sir -- not in this feeble carcass I cursorily inhabit.


  • This means that the psoriasis you came in to get rid of may be only cursorily discussed while other, seemingly less relevant things like the betrayal or grief you experienced right before your first outbreak take center stage.

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  • Readers who would expect from Laura Mullen's Murmur (Futurepoem Books) a "plot" of the sort we usually expect from a work designated a "novel" (even if the plot is deliberately fragmented or only cursorily developed) would certainly be considerably disappointed.

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  • Although they invariably factor in romantic preferences, none of the surveys I've cursorily checked paid adequate attention to white women's preference or lack thereof to physical characteristics and attributes of Asian men.

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  • The constant trouble into which the narrator gets himself seems contrived, which isn't helped by the fact that the setting, against which this action ought to be heightened, is depicted cursorily at best.

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