a. done routinely and with little interest or care; acting with indifference; showing little interest or care
a. performed mechanically and as a thing of rote; done in a careless and superficial manner; characterized by indifference
I introduced myself, and at my name his perfunctory manner changed; I knew he heard me before.
Indeed, even since 9/11, it is relatively easy to enter most large buildings in downtown Seoul, and security procedures have been generally perfunctory.
Sentence in Classic:
The barn was empty when the horses turned into it and, after giving them the most perfunctory ministrations they had ever received from him, he strode up to the house and pushed open the kitchen door.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton Context
She had never given him more than perfunctory courtesy before, and so the beaming smile of pleasure with which she greeted him and the two hands outstretched to his almost took his breath away.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
It suddenly occurred to the youth that the fight in which he had been was, after all, but perfunctory popping.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane Context