[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. compd.,
  2. compeer,
  3. compel,
  4. compellation,
  5. compelling,
  6. compendium,
  7. compensable,
  8. compensate,
  9. compensated acidosis,
  10. compensated alkalosis

Origin of compendious

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

SYNONYMS FOR compendious
Related formscom·pen·di·ous·ly, adverbcom·pen·di·ous·ness, nounun·com·pen·di·ous, adjective

Can be confusedcompendious voluminous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for compendiously


/ (kəmˈpɛndɪəs) /


containing or stating the essentials of a subject in a concise form; succinct
Derived Formscompendiously, adverbcompendiousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for compendiously



"concise," late 14c., from Old French compendieux, from Latin compendiosus "advantageous, abridged, brief," from compendium (see compendium).

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