Per*func"to*ry (?), a. [L. perfunctorius, fr. perfunctus dispatched, p.p. of perfungi to discharge, dispatch; per (see Per) + fungi to perform. See Function.]

1.

Done merely to get rid of a duty; performed mechanically and as a thing of rote; done in a careless and superficial manner; characterized by indifference; as, perfunctory admonitions.

Macaulay.

2.

Hence: Mechanical; indifferent; listless; careless.

"Perfunctory in his devotions."

Sharp.

 

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