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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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 That night, our nine-year-old slammed the bathroom door in defiance of our gentle suggestion that a shower would be more expeditious than a bath, and caught his pinkie between the door and the doorframe. Travel + Leisure, "On a Family Trip Gone Awry, One Writer Learns to Finally Embrace the Unexpected," 20 Feb. 2021 But Lawrence isn't the only reason to believe an expeditious rebuild is possible. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's seven open head coaching jobs in 2021, including Philadelphia Eagles, from worst to first," 11 Jan. 2021 But Lawrence isn't the only reason to believe an expeditious rebuild is possible. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's seven open head coaching jobs in 2021, including Philadelphia Eagles, from worst to first," 11 Jan. 2021 But Lawrence isn't the only reason to believe an expeditious rebuild is possible. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's seven open head coaching jobs in 2021, including Philadelphia Eagles, from worst to first," 11 Jan. 2021 But Lawrence isn't the only reason to believe an expeditious rebuild is possible. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's six open head coaching jobs in 2021 from worst to first," 4 Jan. 2021 But Lawrence isn't the only reason to believe an expeditious rebuild is possible. Nate Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Ranking Detroit Lions' head coach job among 6 NFL openings in 2021: Worst to first," 4 Jan. 2021 Credit also goes to President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, which gave critical resources and expeditious approvals to pharmaceutical companies. Karl Rove, WSJ, "George W. Bush and the Covid Vaccine," 9 Dec. 2020 City Manager Jon Jennings said the plan accounts for safety and public health standards, along with expeditious removal of snow. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 Essentials, Tohono O'odham Nation, Hoover Dam: News from around our 50 states," 21 Oct. 2020

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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 Mar. 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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