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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 However, that could take years, so this is the more expeditious option. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for March 3: 2020 Dems, coronavirus, Obamacare, Israel, Apple," 3 Mar. 2020 Surgeons have many years of training and experience to develop the physical skills to perform safe and expeditious operations. WSJ, "Many Costs From Hospitals’ Loss of Revenue," 21 Apr. 2020 These individuals were moved in the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft to isolate them in accordance with standard protocols,’’ according to the statement. Alex Horton, BostonGlobe.com, "14 Americans with coronavirus among 328 evacuated from Japan to US," 17 Feb. 2020 This expeditious reduction in emissions would help immensely while the window to avoid catastrophic climate effects narrows. Matt Butner, Quartz at Work, "Remote work is a huge opportunity for high-impact climate policy," 5 May 2020 So what’s the best, most expeditious path to get on the ownership ladder? Tracey Lindeman, Fortune, "Can’t afford to buy an apartment? This startup wants to sell you a share of one," 28 Mar. 2020 Some emergency public health powers, however, raise Americans’ concerns, such as expeditious testing, screening, surveillance, and contact tracing efforts. Wired Opinion, Wired, "What Emergency Declarations Can (and Can’t) Do in a Pandemic," 13 Mar. 2020 One recognized their expeditious callouts, which allowed the collective merriment to get under way with welcome dispatch. al, "Masked Observer triples down with LaShe’s, Fellows, Stripers," 26 Feb. 2020 Instead, as the committee wrapped up its public hearings on Thursday, House Democrats have opted for expeditious over comprehensive, electing to complete their investigation even without filling in major gaps in the story. Peter Baker, New York Times, "The Impeachment Witnesses Not Heard," 21 Nov. 2019

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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 7 Jul. 2020.

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formal : acting or done in a quick and efficient way

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