1. in a superficial manner
; - Example: "he was superficially interested"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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;
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.
This superficial tale
Is but a preface of her worthy praise. --Shak.
He is a presumptuous and superficial writer.
That superficial judgment, which happens to be right
without deserving to be so. --J. H.
[1913 Webster] -- Su`per*fi"cial*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: in a superficial manner; "he was superficially
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
91 Moby Thesaurus words for "superficially":
amain, apace, apparently, aridly, as it seems, at first sight,
at once, barrenly, bloodlessly, by forced marches, colorlessly,
cursorily, dismally, draggily, drearily, drearisomely, dryly,
dully, dustily, effetely, emptily, expeditiously, exteriorly,
externally, feverishly, frivolously, furiously, hand over fist,
hastily, heavily, helter-skelter, hollowly, hotfoot, hurriedly,
hurry-scurry, idly, immaterially, immediately, in passing, inanely,
inconsequentially, insignificantly, insipidly, instantly, jejunely,
lifelessly, lightly, on the outside, on the run, on the surface,
openly, ostensibly, out, outside, outwardly, outwards, pallidly,
pell-mell, pettily, ploddingly, pointlessly, ponderously,
prima facie, promptly, publically, quickly, seemingly, shallowly,
slapdash, slowly, speedily, spiritlessly, stodgily, stuffily,
swiftly, tastelessly, tediously, to all appearances,
to all seeming, to the eye, triflingly, trivially, unessentially,
unimportantly, uninterestingly, vapidly, with a rush,
with all haste, with dispatch, with haste, without