expeditious

adjective ex·pe·di·tious \ ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shəs \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of expeditious

:marked by or acting with prompt efficiency

expeditiously

adverb

expeditiousness

noun

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Examples of expeditious in a Sentence

  1. a company that is well-regarded for its expeditious handling of any request or complaint

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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

1599

Synonym Discussion of expeditious

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

EXPEDITIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

expeditious

adjective

Definition of expeditious for English Language Learners

  • : acting or done in a quick and efficient way



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