expeditate

transitive verb
ex·​ped·​i·​tate | \ ekˈspedəˌtāt, ik-\
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of expeditate

: to cut off three claws or the ball of each forefoot of (a dog) so as to prevent the chasing of deer the mastiffs which were expeditated … were allowed to be kept in the forest without a special license— Nicholas Biddle

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History and Etymology for expeditate

Medieval Latin expeditatus, past participle of expeditare, from Latin ex- ex- entry 1 + Medieval Latin -peditare (from Latin ped-, pes foot)

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