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lacking in intellectual depth or thoroughness

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hasty and without attention to detail

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As he approached quite close to me I obtained an excellent view of him, and though I was later to become better acquainted with his kind, I may say that that single cursory examination of this awful travesty on Nature would have proved quite sufficient to my desires had I been a free agent.
I have not enumerated half the vexatious propensities of my pupils, or half the troubles resulting from my heavy responsibilities, for fear of trespassing too much upon the reader's patience; as, perhaps, I have already done; but my design in writing the few last pages was not to amuse, but to benefit those whom it might concern; he that has no interest in such matters will doubtless have skipped them over with a cursory glance, and, perhaps, a malediction against the prolixity of the writer; but if a parent has, therefrom, gathered any useful hint, or an unfortunate governess received thereby the slightest benefit, I am well rewarded for my pains.
After a cursory examination of the stateroom he wandered out into the cabin.
Anywhere else in Chicago he would have stood a good chance of being arrested; but the policemen in Packingtown were apparently used to these informal movings, and contented themselves with a cursory examination now and then.
There's the requisite cursory character development (the governor of California is introduced merely as a frumpy divorced housewife) and the usual slapdash plotting, with ominous flashes (if you can dismiss the destruction of Seattle as merely ``ominous'').
Although he does make minor forays into the world of patronage and iconography, these tend to be cursory.
Had the police done even the most cursory investigation, they would have learned that Fabian was an adult, that he was trying to extort money from Mr.
Hosted by Merv Griffin, ``TV Land Moguls'' is essentially TV 101, a breezy historical overview of prime-time television from the viewpoint of the show's creators and producers, with a little ``Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'' thrown in for good measure (via cursory sentences mentioning someone's ``parties on yachts'' or ``homes from Manhattan to Malibu'').
To cover 1500 years in such cursory fashion, however, is a venture fraught with peril.
People are contacting us wanting more information than a cursory overview of who we are.
Her lack of all but the most cursory flashes of doubt and vulnerability contributes, I guess, to some kind of heroic myth-building.
Also to be welcomed is his examination - albeit cursory - of Charles I's endeavors to mobilize support from both the Spanish Habsburgs and their Dutch antagonists.
The company has yet to be officially served and upon a cursory look at the faxed documents, the company considers the suit to be frivolous and without merit and will defend it vigorously.
Water is too important to receive such cursory treatment.
Healy does, however, acknowledge the current "wariness among critics to make large generalized claims" (3), and it is difficult to tell how far the format of the book prohibited a more extensive use of footnotes: the index, for instance, is cursory, and one page only has been allowed for selected reading.