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1 covering everything or all important points
  • her compendious knowledge of the monarch butterfly

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2 marked by the use of few words to convey much information or meaning
  • a compendious summary of the referendum before the voters

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concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative. a concise description terse implies pointed conciseness. a terse reply succinct implies the greatest possible compression. a succinct letter of resignation laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious. an aloof and laconic stranger summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation. a summary listing of the year's main events pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance. a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment. a compendious dictionary

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“Compendious.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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