how to pronounce superficial


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superficial is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of superficial in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… canis it is so superficial that if we …”

meanings of superficial


  1. At face value.
  2. Of or pertaining to the surface.
  3. Being near the surface.
  4. Two-dimensional; drawn on a flat surface.
  5. Shallow, lacking substance.


  1. A surface detail.

superficial frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word superficial occurs in english on average 4.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics superficial can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that superficial can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to superficial


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