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noun, plural con·spec·tus·es.
  1. a general or comprehensive view; survey.
  2. a digest; summary; résumé.
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Origin of conspectus

1830–40; < Latin: survey, view, act of seeing, equivalent to conspec-, variant stem of conspicere to see, catch sight of (con- con- + -spicere, combining form of specere to look) + -tus suffix of v. action

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Related Words for conspectus

rundown, outline, overview, abstract, synopsis, summation, review, digest, resume

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Historical Examples of conspectus

  • None of this causation is brought into Schumpeter's conspectus picture.

    The Value of Money

    Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

  • See pp. 192-200 for a conspectus of these complex recollections.

  • He had mastered this conspectus in a flash of time, and was already tired of it.

    Zuleika Dobson

    Max Beerbohm

  • Indeed, the writer once thought of appending a kind of conspectus or "summing up."

  • The audile phenomena were so frequent and so various, that a conspectus of them is given in an appendix.

British Dictionary definitions for conspectus


  1. an overall view; survey
  2. a summary; résumé
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Word Origin for conspectus

C19: from Latin: a viewing, from conspicere to observe, from specere to look
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Word Origin and History for conspectus


1836, from Latin conspectus "a looking at, sight, view; range or power of vision," from past participle of conspicere "to look at" (see conspicuous).

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