[ kuhm-pen-dee-uhs ]
/ kəmˈpɛn di əs /


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

Related forms

com·pen·di·ous·ly, adverbcom·pen·di·ous·ness, nounun·com·pen·di·ous, adjective

Can be confused

compendious voluminous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for compendious


/ (kəmˈpɛndɪəs) /


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

Derived Forms

compendiously, adverbcompendiousness, noun
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