superficial

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From Latin superficiālis.

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superficial (comparative more superficial, superlative most superficial)

  1. Of or pertaining to the surface.
  2. Being near the surface.
  3. Shallow, lacking substance.
    • 2014, “Little Green Men”: A Primer on Modern Russian Unconventional Warfare, Ukraine 2013–2014[1], Fort Bragg, North Carolina: The United States Army Special Operations Command, page 43:
      These infamous little green men appeared during the decisive seizures or buildings and facilities, only to disappear when associated militias and local troops arrived to consolidate the gains. In this way they provided a measure of deniability—however superficial or implausible—for Moscow.40
  4. At face value.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      Secondly, I continue to base my concepts on intensive study of a limited suite of collections, rather than superficial study of every packet that comes to hand.
  5. (rare) Two-dimensional; drawn on a flat surface.

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Noun[edit]

superficial (plural superficials)

  1. (chiefly in plural) A surface detail.
    He always concentrates on the superficials and fails to see the real issue.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin superficiālis.

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superficial (masculine and feminine plural superficials)

  1. superficial

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin superficiālis.

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superficial m or f (plural superficiais)

  1. superficial
  2. surficial; of the surface

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Adjective[edit]

superficial (not comparable)

  1. superficial (pertaining to the surface)

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin superficiālis.

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superficial m or f (plural superficiais, comparable)

  1. Shallow, lacking substance.

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  • superficial” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin superficiālis.

Adjective[edit]

superficial (plural superficiales)

  1. superficial
  2. shallow, lacking substance

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