Definition of expeditious
: marked by or acting with prompt efficiency
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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
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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."
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EXPEDITIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of expeditious for English Language Learners
: acting or done in a quick and efficient way
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