Definition of superficially adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəli//
    , BrE//ˌsjuːpəˈfɪʃəli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsuːpərˈfɪʃəli//
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  1. 1in a way that appears to be true, real or important until you look at it more carefully The fruit superficially resembles a blackberry. Their paintings are superficially similar.
  2. 2(often disapproving) not thoroughly; in a way that is only concerned with what is obvious A document of this length can only superficially address the topic.
  3. 3not seriously or to a great degree; in a way that only affects the surface The indigenous culture was only superficially affected by the Roman invasion. Luckily, I was only superficially injured.
  4. 4(often disapproving) in a way that is not serious or important and lacks any depth of understanding or feeling He interacted only superficially with his co-workers.