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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. 2017.
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  • To cut it expeditiously, be provided with a turfing-iron; but if that cannot be conveniently had, a spade may do very well.

  • By the aid of my hives, this process may be most expeditiously performed.

  • Dressing himself as expeditiously as possible, he read the blurred and crumpled note.

    Vashti Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • expeditiously the Master of the House resumed his rending of the turkey.

    Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • We use two half hogsheads at once, to prepare it expeditiously.

    Guano Solon Robinson
  • Our goods were then expeditiously packed up, and we left the park.

  • So great and difficult an enterprise was probably never before so expeditiously and happily achieved in the experience of mankind.

  • It was wrapped forty-seven times, but not so expeditiously as has been her wont.

    Insect Stories Vernon L. Kellogg
  • Their main object is, to be taken safely and expeditiously to the end of their journey, and at as little expense as possible.

    Rollo in Geneva Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for expeditiously


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 expeditiously



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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