[kuh n-spek-tuh s]
- a general or comprehensive view; survey.
- a digest; summary; résumé.
Origin of conspectus
1830–40; < Latin: survey, view, act of seeing, equivalent to conspec-, variant stem of conspicere to see, catch sight of (con- con- + -spicere, combining form of specere to look) + -tus suffix of v. action
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2. compendium, brief, abstract, epitome.
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Examples from the Web for conspectus
None of this causation is brought into Schumpeter's conspectus picture.The Value of Money
Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
See pp. 192-200 for a conspectus of these complex recollections.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederick W. H. Myers
He had mastered this conspectus in a flash of time, and was already tired of it.Zuleika Dobson
Indeed, the writer once thought of appending a kind of conspectus or "summing up."The Philosophy of Natural Theology
The audile phenomena were so frequent and so various, that a conspectus of them is given in an appendix.
- an overall view; survey
- a summary; résumé
C19: from Latin: a viewing, from conspicere to observe, from specere to look
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Word Origin and History for conspectus
1836, from Latin conspectus "a looking at, sight, view; range or power of vision," from past participle of conspicere "to look at" (see conspicuous).
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