perfunctoriness

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Etymology[edit]

perfunctory +‎ ness

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perfunctoriness (uncountable)

  1. The state or characteristic of being perfunctory.
    • 1894, Thomas Hardy, Life's Little Ironies, ch. 6:
      When at dusk she reached the Melchester station her husband was there to meet her, but in his perfunctoriness and her preoccupation they did not see each.
    • 1901, Edith Wharton, "The Recovery" in Crucial Instances:
      Claudia accomplished some shopping in the spirit of perfunctoriness that robs even new bonnets of their bloom.
    • 2006 Nov. 30, David Cohen, "A Bit Nasty to Women, But Respectful to Dishware," New York Sun (retrieved 28 June 2011):
      His hard-core images are delivered with a ho-hum perfunctoriness that often enervates his surfaces. . . . [H]is orgies are inert.

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