Superficial (adj.): at the surface or not penetrating below.

Synonyms: surface,  slight

Example Sentence: The sophomore’s superficial essay was the reason he received a “C.”


Facile (adj.): appearing neat and comprehensive only by ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial.

Synonyms: simplistic, superficial

Example Sentence: Hillary Clinton’s promotional video for her presidential race has been called facile by the Republicans.


Cursory (adj.): hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed.

Synonyms: casual, superficial

Example Sentence: The Republican party claimed that most supporting senators review of the Affordable Care Act was cursory, and that they not look at the details.