[kuh m-pen-dee-uh s]
- 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
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summary, comprehensive, succinct, packed.
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Examples from the Web for compendiously
It can most compendiously be demonstrated with the help of the preceding canons.Logic, Inductive and Deductive
Now compendiously abridged, and made of more use; with very considerable Improvements.On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening,
There remains the derivative form of creation, compendiously styled evolution.Science and Morals and Other Essays
Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
The annalists say compendiously that Armagh was burned twice in one month by Thomas Sussex.Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II)
Two qualities, according to Bokenam, characterize his own style; he writes "compendiously" and he avoids "gay speech."Early Theories of Translation
Flora Ross Amos
- containing or stating the essentials of a subject in a concise form; succinct
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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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