Learner's definition of SUPERFICIAL
[more superficial; most superficial]
1 : concerned only with what is obvious or apparent : not thorough or complete
a superficial analysis of the results/data
They had a superficial knowledge/understanding of the topic.
These superficial changes/solutions don't address the underlying problem.
2 a : affecting only the outer part or surface of something : not deep or serious b : lying close to the surface 3 — used to describe a quality, characteristic, etc., that can be seen in the outward appearance or manner of something or someone but that is not deep or genuine
Despite a superficial resemblance, the paintings are by two different artists.
These similarities/differences are only superficial.
Don't be deceived by his superficial charm.
On a superficial level, his theory works, but the facts don't support it.
4 disapproving : not caring about or involving important matters or deep emotions