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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 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 The Committees are conducting this investigation in an expeditious, coordinated manner. NBC News, "Pompeo subpoenaed by House Democrats over Trump-Ukraine scandal," 27 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, those of us who go this way will keep out a sharp eye and hope change is effected in a manner that is expeditious. Arkansas Online, "DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Clarity key to traveling safe, sound," 14 Dec. 2019 Doing so will ease uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic and lay a foundation for a robust and expeditious US-UK free trade deal in the very near future. George Holding For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Brexit could provide the US huge economic opportunity," 22 Oct. 2019 As the New York Times first reported and The Washington Post has confirmed, McConnell spoke to Trump on Friday and raised that prospect that either Kavanaugh or Barrett could unnecessarily jeopardize an expeditious confirmation of the new justice. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The most interesting late development in Trump’s Supreme Court derby," 9 July 2018 These special proceedings are an expeditious means for the attorney general to halt ongoing damage by a business, but also seek relief for the victims. Danny Cevallos, NBC News, "What the NY AG must do to prove ‘pervasive sexual harassment’ by Weinstein," 12 Feb. 2018 Maine Governor Paul LePage has welcomed the Avangrid project and vowed an expeditious permitting review. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass., utilities cut ties with Northern Pass power line project," 28 Mar. 2018 By definition, the state of emergency permits the suspension or invocation of certain governmental functions to allow the expeditious handling of an emergency. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018

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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?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=expedi09. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of expeditious

formal : acting or done in a quick and efficient way

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