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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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Examples from the web for expeditiously
  • He was a native of the country they were going through, he said, and could guide them expeditiously and cheaply.
  • The goal was to acquire these precious metals as expeditiously as possible.
  • We respond expeditiously to requests to remove such content from our services, and have been improving our procedures over time.
  • Whatever is to be done should be done expeditiously and well.
  • If he does, our criminal courts can handle them expeditiously.
  • The sale, being so expeditiously organized, minimized the likelihood of a public brouhaha.
  • The book scenes fare worse: the lines are treated as inconveniences that must be disposed of as expeditiously as possible.
  • King, the elections chairman, said the board was trying to remedy the error as expeditiously as possible.
  • If the crime reaches a level of blatant disregard for human life, the offender should be disposed of expeditiously.
  • Elected officials should not play politics with the debt ceiling limit and need to work expeditiously to reach an agreement.
British Dictionary definitions for expeditiously


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 expeditiously



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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