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expeditious adj : characterized by speed and efficiency [syn: prompt, timesaving]

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  • /ɛkspɪˈdɪʃəs/


  1. Fast, prompt, speedy.
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, ch. 38,
      Our coachman and horses are so extremely expeditious!—I believe we drive faster than any body.
  2. In the context of "of a process or thing": Completed or done with efficiency and speed; facilitating speed.
    • 1816, Sir Walter Scott, The Antiquary, vol. 1, ch. 7,
      As they thus pressed forward, longing doubtless to exchange the easy curving line, which the sinuosities of the bay compelled them to adopt, for a straighter and more expeditious path, Sir Arthur observed a human figure on the beach.
    • 1844, William Makepeace Thackeray, Barry Lyndon, ch. 14,
      Now, there was a sort of rough-and-ready law in Ireland in those days, which was of great convenience to persons desirous of expeditious justice.

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agile, alacritous, alert, apt, breakneck, brisk, cursory, dashing, decisive, diligent, dispatchful, double-quick, eagle-winged, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, express, fast, festinate, feverish, fleet, flying, furious, galloping, hair-trigger, hasty, headlong, hurried, hustling, immediate, instant, instantaneous, last-minute, light of heel, light-footed, lively, mercurial, nimble, nimble-footed, on the spot, passing, precipitate, prompt, punctual, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought, rapid, ready, reckless, running, sharp, slap-bang, slapdash, smart, snap, snappy, spanking, speedy, spry, summary, superficial, swift, urgent, winged
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