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Wednesday, January 03, 2001

Definitions for expeditious

  1. Characterized by or acting with speed and efficiency.

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Citations for expeditious
His problem was to get from Lookout Valley to Chattanooga Valley in the most expeditious way possible. Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs
The criminal may of course use some short-term act of violence to 'terrorize' his victim, such as waving a gun in the face of a bank clerk during a robbery in order to ensure the clerk's expeditious compliance. Bruce Hoffman, Inside Terrorism
Origin of expeditious
1590-1600
Expeditious is derived from Latin expeditus, "unshackled, unimpeded, ready for action," from expedire, "to free (one's feet) from a snare; hence, to get out, to set free, to get ready for action," from ex-, "out of" + pes, ped-, "foot."