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compendious

[kuh m-pen-dee-uh s] /kəmˈpɛn di əs/
adjective
1.
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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin compendiōsus. See compendium, -ous
Related forms
compendiously, adverb
compendiousness, noun
uncompendious, adjective
Can be confused
compendious, voluminous.
Synonyms
summary, comprehensive, succinct, packed.
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British Dictionary definitions for un compendious

compendious

/kəmˈpɛndɪəs/
adjective
1.
containing or stating the essentials of a subject in a concise form; succinct
Derived Forms
compendiously, adverb
compendiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un compendious

compendious

adj.

"concise," late 14c., from Old French compendieux, from Latin compendiosus "advantageous, abridged, brief," from compendium (see compendium).

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