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adjective superficial pronunciation in American English /ˌsupərˈfɪʃ(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    not complete or thorough
    The study is too superficial for us to reach any conclusion.
    I have only a superficial knowledge of the subject.
    She made a quick and superficial examination of the car.
  2. 2
    affecting or involving only the surface or outside part of something
    Her injuries were only superficial.
    The house suffered superficial damage from the flood.
  3. 3
    a superficial person does not think about serious or important things
    Sarah is so superficial, she only cares about how she looks.
    He writes about living in a greedy and superficial society.
    1. a.
      not important or not having a serious effect
      We talked about superficial topics like sports and the weather.
      These are superficial policy changes that help no one.
  4. 4
    used for describing the way that something appears or seems to be although it is really not like this
    Any similarities between the countries are merely superficial.
    The monkeys bear a superficial resemblance but are in fact quite distinct.
  5. 5
    formal in or part of the top layer of something such as skin, soil, or rock
    Superficial tree roots will catch the rain water before it evaporates away.

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superficiality

 superficial pronunciation in American English /ˌsupərfɪʃɪˈæləti/ noun [uncountable]

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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