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Perfunctory [Adjective]

Sentence: “[Masthead editors] have been meeting with department heads and others to collect ideas about how to build a newsroom that produces fewer perfunctory articles and a greater array of story forms, including more visual journalism, and conversational writing.” (Source: www.poynter.org)

Meaning: Doing something without any real interest as part of routine duty

How To Remember?

This word should remind you of someone who does work only as “per the function” allotted to him/her. He or she is not passionate about it and does not one bit more than the job assigned.

Synonym?

Desultory.

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[Listening to complaints by clients may be perfunctory for a salesman. They might have to sound interested although they are not because of the barrage of complaints.]

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