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[ek-spi-dish-uh s] /ˌɛk spɪˈdɪʃ əs/
characterized by promptness; quick:
an expeditious answer to an inquiry.
Origin of expeditious
First recorded in 1590-1600; exped(ition) + -itious
Related forms
expeditiously, adverb
expeditiousness, noun
nonexpeditious, adjective
nonexpeditiously, adverb
nonexpeditiousness, noun
unexpeditious, adjective
unexpeditiously, adverb
unexpeditiousness, noun
prompt, swift, speedy, fast, rapid.
slow, leisurely, deliberate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So expeditious was the measure, that soon the obvious material was exhausted.

  • The route by Alexandria and Suez, they all tell me, is the best and most expeditious.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • So expeditious, in fact, was Beza, that on the twenty-second of August he was in Paris.

  • Robin had been expeditious; it yet wanted twenty minutes to ten by his watch.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • It is a very simple and expeditious way of storing the logs.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "Open the gate, fellow, and be expeditious," shouted the chief constable.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Exiles are expeditious in their return to their native country.

British Dictionary definitions for expeditious


characterized by or done with speed and efficiency; prompt; quick
Derived Forms
expeditiously, adverb
expeditiousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for expeditious

late 15c., expedycius "useful, fitting," from Latin expeditus "disengaged, ready, prompt," past participle of expidere (see expedite). Meaning "speedy" is from 1590s. Related: Expeditiously; expeditiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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