Meaning of superficial

su•per•fi•cial

Pronunciation: (s"pur-fish'ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound.
  2. of or pertaining to the surface: superficial measurement.
  3. external or outward: a superficial resemblance.
  4. concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer.
  5. shallow; not profound or thorough: a superficial writer.
  6. apparent rather than real.
  7. insubstantial or insignificant: superficial improvements.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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