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Obligatory vs. Perfunctory

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Obligatoryadjective

Imposing obligation, legally or morally; binding.

‘an obligatory promise’;

Perfunctoryadjective

Done only to fulfil a duty, or in a careless or indifferent manner; performed mechanically and as a thing of rote.

‘He did a perfunctory job cleaning his dad's car, finishing quickly but leaving a few spots still dirty.’;

Obligatoryadjective

Requiring a matter or obligation.

Perfunctoryadjective

Done merely to get rid of a duty; performed mechanically and as a thing of rote; done in a careless and superficial manner; characterized by indifference; as, perfunctory admonitions.

Obligatoryadjective

Binding in law or conscience; imposing duty or obligation; requiring performance or forbearance of some act; - often followed by on or upon; as, obedience is obligatory on a soldier.

‘As long as the law is obligatory, so long our obedience is due.’;

Perfunctoryadjective

Hence: Mechanical; indifferent; listless; careless.

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Obligatoryadjective

morally or legally constraining or binding;

‘attendance is obligatory’; ‘an obligatory contribution’;

Perfunctoryadjective

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough;

‘a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws’; ‘a passing glance’; ‘perfunctory courtesy’;

Obligatoryadjective

required by obligation or compulsion or convention;

‘he made all the obligatory apologies’;

Perfunctoryadjective

as a formality only;

‘a one-candidate pro forma election’;

Obligatoryadjective

required by a legal, moral, or other rule; compulsory

‘use of seat belts in cars is now obligatory’;

Perfunctoryadjective

(of an action) carried out without real interest, feeling, or effort

‘he gave a perfunctory nod’;

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Obligatoryadjective

(of a ruling) having binding force

‘a sovereign whose laws are obligatory’;

Obligatoryadjective

so customary or fashionable as to be expected of everyone or on every occasion

‘it was a quiet little street with the obligatory pub at the end’;

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