Definition of compendious in English:

compendious

adjective

formal
  • Containing or presenting the essential facts of something in a comprehensive but concise way:

    ‘a compendious study’
    • ‘This book details the social lives of children and includes compendious and informative summaries of attachment theory, friendship formation, group power and function, gender issues, and child psychology.’
    • ‘Apparently the compendious works on Chicago history by John Kirkland had not been consulted.’
    • ‘Long before Shakespeare's death the playwrights had lost confidence in their power to offer a conspectus or compendious view.’
    • ‘Now, another problem with that paragraph is that it seeks to deal in a compendious manner with disparate kinds of corroborative evidence.’
    • ‘Given the compendious nature of Wood's works, this is hardly surprising, of course.’
    • ‘With so many decontextualized styles waiting at every exit, his compendious description of the American highway landscape compresses a hemisphereful of designs into a single journey.’
    • ‘It is authoritative, compendious and highly readable.’
    • ‘Failure to listen ranks high in the compendious catalogue of couple complaints.’
    • ‘Peter Sheppard Skærved, who writes the compendious notes, wonders if Beethoven himself might have written the adagio variation.’
    • ‘This is a massive, compendious and copiously researched book that tells the whole of what used to be called ‘our island story’.’
    • ‘Our learned friends seek to restrict the word ‘obvious’ to the most narrow meaning possible - that is not the way it has been dealt with - and our friends ignore the fact that it is a compendious concept.’
    • ‘Yet, on occasion, one cannot help but admire his eager intelligence and compendious grasp of the field.’
    • ‘In An American Dilemma, a compendious study of American racism, another foreign observer, Sweden's Gunnar Myrdal, recognized the self-correcting nature of what he too called the American Creed.’
    • ‘As a bonus question - why has the story vanished from the Guardian's compendious website?’
    • ‘Housing land supply was exhaustively examined by the local plan inquiry Inspector, who had compendious, borough-wide evidence before him, including information on all potential housing sites.’
    • ‘The second limb is concerned with what, for want of a better compendious description, can be called the liability of an accessory to a trustee's breach of trust.’
    • ‘Folklore and legends were retold by the bards, who used devices such as alliteration and rhyme, as well as a compendious store of stock phrases, to aid memorisation and recall, allowing them to instantly ‘compose’ a poem for any occasion.’
    • ‘His book is compendious in its scope, taking in three decades of street life in Los Angeles, a century of the city's police force, and a dramatis personae that runs to five and a half pages.’
    • ‘Her writing is elegant, the record compendious.’
    • ‘His compendious book, then, ranges from dry speculation on geology to exquisite description of flora, spangled with remarkably apt epigrams.’
    succinct, pithy, short and to the point, short and sweet, potted, thumbnail, brief, crisp, compact, concise, condensed, shortened, contracted, compressed, abridged, abbreviated, summarized, summary, abstracted
    in a nutshell, in a few well-chosen words
    snappy
    lapidary, epigrammatic, synoptic, aphoristic, gnomic
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French compendieux, from Latin compendiosus advantageous, brief, from compendium profit, saving, abbreviation.

Pronunciation

compendious

/kəmˈpɛndɪəs/