con·​spec·​tus kən-ˈspek-təs How to pronounce conspectus (audio)
: a usually brief survey or summary (as of an extensive subject) often providing an overall view

Examples of conspectus in a Sentence

a book that could serve as a conspectus of the work thus far on the development of artificial intelligence

Word History


Latin, sight, view, from conspicere

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conspectus was in 1825

Dictionary Entries Near conspectus

Cite this Entry

“Conspectus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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