In my native language, there is an adjective for "advice given without much consideration". To translate it literally in English it would be "void advice" or "dry advice". Meaning, the person giving such advice, has not taken any pain understanding real difficulties and problems of the person seeking advice.

I like to know what is the appropriate word for that in English. Please help.

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    possibly off-the-cuff, facile, superficial.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 23:24
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    "Worthless advice" is often used. Also "cheap advice". As Ambrose Bierce put it, advice is "the smallest common coin".
    – JEL
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 1:05
  • Cheap advice is good. It borrows from the idiom "Good advice is never cheap."
    – Neptunian
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 9:31

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performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial

It's a very useful word. A pithy word. Comes in handy in so many situations.

"She asked him for help. After giving her some perfunctory advice, he headed for the row of taxis near the hotel's entrance."


The word advice self-contains the meaning that it is an activity done in good intentions, as compared to a mere suggestion.

advice ədˈvʌɪs/Submit noun 1. guidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent action

synonyms: guidance, advising, counselling, counsel, help, direction, instruction, information, enlightenment; recommendations, guidelines

Since the idea is to communicate that the 'Advice' was not well-meant, you may refrain from actually calling it an advice.

'Offhand' is an adjective that means with little or no preparation or forethought. The adjective offhand describes a remark or comment that is made without previous thought or preparation.

Another common word to consider is Casual

made or done without much thought or premeditation

"a casual remark"

synonyms: offhand, random, impromptu, spontaneous, unpremeditated, unthinking, unstudied, unconsidered, parenthetical, passing

Another word 'Nonchalant' is used to depict the attitude the person who is speaking has adopted towards a situation. Nonchalant - Casually unconcerned or indifferent.

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