Compendious Com*pen"di*ous, a. [L. compendiosus.] Containing the substance or general principles of a subject or work in a narrow compass; abridged; summarized. [1913 Webster]

More compendious and expeditious ways. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

Three things be required in the oration of a man having authority -- that it be compendious, sententious, and delectable. --Sir T. Elyot.

Syn: Short; summary; abridged; condensed; comprehensive; succinct; brief; concise. [1913 Webster]

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