per-func-to-ry / pər-fŭngk-tə-rē
1. done routinely, merely as a duty, without care or interest; mechanical
Promises to get beyond partisanship are the most perfunctory sort of campaign rhetoric, almost as empty as the partisanship itself.
Thomas Frank, 1965 –
2. without interest, care or eagerness; indifferent
If she is clever, and if her husband has the time and the resources, she will insist on being wooed all her life; more likely she will discover that marriage is not romantic, that husbands forget birthdays and anniversaries and seldom pay compliments, are often perfunctory.
Germaine Greer, 1939 –