[ ek-spi-dish-uhs ]
/ ˌɛk spɪˈdɪʃ əs /


characterized by promptness; quick: an expeditious answer to an inquiry.

Origin of expeditious

First recorded in 1590–1600; exped(ition) + -itious
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British Dictionary definitions for expeditious


/ (ˌɛkspɪˈdɪʃəs) /


characterized by or done with speed and efficiency; prompt; quick
Derived Formsexpeditiously, adverbexpeditiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for expeditious



late 15c., expedycius "useful, fitting," from Latin expeditus "disengaged, ready, prompt," past participle of expidere (see expedite). Meaning "speedy" is from 1590s. Related: Expeditiously; expeditiousness.

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