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Examples of expeditious in a Sentence
a company that is well-regarded for its expeditious handling of any request or complaint
Recent Examples of expeditious from the Web
Toshiba needs to sell its memory-chip business in an expeditious way.
Paul International Airport could make this annoying process a lot more predictable and expeditious — while adding a touch of sci-fi pizzazz.
Try upping your charitable donations, the most expeditious way of chipping in.
Two years in the making, the new online site is designed to be more robust, secure and expeditious — patients are receiving cards two to three days after applying online.
Finally, government officials have at least a reasonably strong interest in moderating discussion on their Facebook pages in an expeditious manner.
The expeditious handling and quick-unloading of freight cars today is a most important factor in industrial war mobilization, particularly in handling iron ore at the docks.
Most consumers would have been worse off since arbitration provides an expeditious and inexpensive way to resolve disputes.
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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."
First Known Use of expeditious
Synonymsalacritous, alert, quick, prompt, ready, willing
Related Wordsreceptive, responsive; immediate, instant, instantaneous, summary; breakneck, breathless, brisk, fast, fleet, fleet-footed, hit-and-run, lightning, rapid, rapid-fire, rattling, snappy, speedy, swift, whirlwind; eager, keen, sharp; apt, clever, quick, quick-witted, ready-witted, sharp-witted, smart
Near Antonymsunresponsive; crawling, creeping, dallying, dawdling, dilatory, dillydallying, dragging, laggard, lagging, lazy, lazyish, leisurely, logy (also loggy), poking, poky (or pokey), slothful, slow, slowish, sluggish, tardy, unhurried; dormant, idle, inactive, inert
Synonym Discussion of expeditious
- fast horses
- rapid current
- returned the ball with one swift stroke
- fleet runners
- a quick wit
- speedy delivery of mail
- a hasty inspection
- the expeditious handling of an order
EXPEDITIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
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