Superficial Su`per*fi"cial, a. [L. superficialis: cf. F. superficiel. See {Superficies}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the superficies, or surface; lying on the surface; shallow; not deep; as, a superficial color; a superficial covering; superficial measure or contents; superficial tillage. [1913 Webster]

2. Reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or apparent; not deep or profound; shallow; -- said especially in respect to study, learning, and the like; as, a superficial scholar; superficial knowledge. [1913 Webster]

This superficial tale Is but a preface of her worthy praise. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He is a presumptuous and superficial writer. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

That superficial judgment, which happens to be right without deserving to be so. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster] -- {Su`per*fi"cial*ly}, adv. -- {Su`per*fi"cial*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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