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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Definitions for conspectus

  1. A general sketch or survey of a subject.
  2. A synopsis; an outline.

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Citations for conspectus
Eagerly the Austen family went at their productions, choosing plays that represented, as Gay says, a conspectus of late 18th-century fashionable comic theatre. John Mullan, The Guardian
The extent and intensity of this vast conflict amounting to undeclared civil war is such that it is difficult for any observer to form a conspectus or assess all its implications. , The Guardian
Origin of conspectus
1830-1840
Conspectus comes from the Latin, from the past participle of conspicere, "to catch sight of, to perceive," from com-, intensive prefix + specere, "to look at."