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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 Britney files her own request with the court demanding the expeditious end to her conservatorship. Claudia Rosenbaum, Vulture, 11 Nov. 2021 Also, time is the enemy of all deals, so having all of your ducks in a row for an expeditious and diligent process is paramount to the successful close of a transaction. Jay Jung, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 In a previous Goodluck court order, Judge Mehta ordered the State Department to make expeditious good faith efforts to adjudicate DV-2021 visas. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 Experts in the field may be able to offer insight into a more cost-effective, expeditious way to accomplish your goals. Ike Kavas, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Since the collapse, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and other officials have called for an expeditious search for what caused the collapse. Angie Dimichele, sun-sentinel.com, 29 June 2021 Third is revolution and innovation: to root out, re-imagine and form a new culture in a radical and expeditious way. Sid Mohasseb, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Davis was credited with backup vocals but was really a lead singer on albums by Milli Vanilli, whose expeditious ascension into the music world was followed by an equally rapid fall. Meg Kinnard, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Davis was credited with backup vocals but was really a lead singer on albums by Milli Vanilli, whose expeditious ascension into the music world was followed by an equally rapid fall. Meg Kinnard, chicagotribune.com, 28 May 2021

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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 28 Nov. 2021.

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: acting or done in a quick and efficient way

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