[ kuhm-pen-dee-uhs ]
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  1. of or like a compendium; containing the substance of a subject, often an exclusive subject, in a brief form; concise: a compendious history of the world.

Origin of compendious

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word compendiōsus.See compendium, -ous

Other words for compendious

Other words from compendious

  • com·pen·di·ous·ly, adverb
  • com·pen·di·ous·ness, noun
  • un·com·pen·di·ous, adjective

Words that may be confused with compendious

Words Nearby compendious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use compendious in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for compendious


/ (kəmˈpɛndɪəs) /

  1. containing or stating the essentials of a subject in a concise form; succinct

Derived forms of compendious

  • compendiously, adverb
  • compendiousness, noun

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