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[ek-spi-dish-uh s] /ˌɛk spɪˈdɪʃ əs/
characterized by promptness; quick:
an expeditious answer to an inquiry.
Origin of expeditious
1590-1600; exped(ition) + -itious
Related forms
expeditiously, adverb
expeditiousness, noun
nonexpeditious, adjective
nonexpeditiously, adverb
nonexpeditiousness, noun
unexpeditious, adjective
unexpeditiously, adverb
unexpeditiousness, noun
prompt, swift, speedy, fast, rapid.
slow, leisurely, deliberate. Unabridged
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  • For the foreign citizen with no insurance, it was an expeditious way to get the needed vaccine.
  • For a peer-reviewed journal article, you have the right to expect expeditious and reasonable peer review.
  • The big problem is that the orbit speed of fat is again faster, promoting expeditious cell division.
  • The proceedings included the disposition of eight indictments, all of which were settled in an expeditious manner.
  • The challenge is to balance expeditious payouts today with the preservation of funds for claims years or decades into the future.
  • If it is expeditious for his gain, he will throw you under the bus.
British Dictionary definitions for expeditious


characterized by or done with speed and efficiency; prompt; quick
Derived Forms
expeditiously, adverb
expeditiousness, 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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