expeditious

adjective
ex·​pe·​di·​tious | \ ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shəs How to pronounce expeditious (audio) \

Definition of expeditious

: marked by or acting with prompt efficiency

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Other Words from expeditious

expeditiously adverb
expeditiousness noun

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fast, rapid, swift, fleet, quick, speedy, hasty, expeditious mean moving, proceeding, or acting with celerity. fast and rapid are very close in meaning, but fast applies particularly to the thing that moves fast horses and rapid to the movement itself. rapid current swift suggests great rapidity coupled with ease of movement. returned the ball with one swift stroke fleet adds the implication of lightness and nimbleness. fleet runners quick suggests promptness and the taking of little time. a quick wit speedy implies quickness of successful accomplishment speedy delivery of mail and may also suggest unusual velocity. hasty suggests hurry and precipitousness and often connotes carelessness. a hasty inspection expeditious suggests efficiency together with rapidity of accomplishment. the expeditious handling of an order

The Real Root of Expeditious

Like expeditious, all of the following words contain ped. Can you guess which ones get those three letters from the same Latin root as expeditious?
encyclopedia     expedition     stampede     torpedo     orthopedic     impede
The Latin source of expeditious is the verb expedire, which means "to extricate," to prepare, or to be useful. The ped is from pes, meaning "foot." (The ex- means "out of," and the literal sense of expedire is to free the feet.) The ped in impede also comes from pes. But the ped in encyclopedia and orthopedic is from the Greek pais, meaning "child"; stampede is from the Spanish estampar, meaning "to stamp"; and torpedo is from the Latin torpere, meaning "to be sluggish." What about expedition? Meaning both a journey and promptness, it too is from expedire."

Examples of expeditious in a Sentence

a company that is well-regarded for its expeditious handling of any request or complaint
Recent Examples on the Web Davis was credited with backup vocals but was really a lead singer on albums by Milli Vanilli, whose expeditious ascension into the music world was followed by an equally rapid fall. Meg Kinnard, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Davis was credited with backup vocals but was really a lead singer on albums by Milli Vanilli, whose expeditious ascension into the music world was followed by an equally rapid fall. Meg Kinnard, chicagotribune.com, 28 May 2021 Davis was credited with backup vocals but was really a lead singer on albums by Milli Vanilli, whose expeditious ascension into the music world was followed by an equally rapid fall. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 That mechanization was made more expeditious by a new workforce of women, who accepted lower pay, constant supervision, and an endless supply of drudgery. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 26 Apr. 2021 First, then, of course aggressively prosecute all involved in the January 6 insurrection itself – and resource the DOJ adequately to accelerate its already expeditious efforts on this score. Robert Hockett, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 To this end, the District has hired Edward R. Mitnick of Just Training Solutions, LLC to assist us in conducting a full investigation of all of the allegations made against the program in the most expeditious manner possible. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Mar. 2021 Here’s betting Drollinger has a different definition of the word expeditious. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Mar. 2021 But Lawrence isn't the only reason to believe an expeditious rebuild is possible. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of expeditious

1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Expeditious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expeditious. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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expeditious

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English Language Learners Definition of expeditious

formal : acting or done in a quick and efficient way

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