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Containing or stating briefly all the essentials of something; comprehensive and concise.

[Middle English, from Late Latin compendiōsus, abridged, shortened, from Latin compendium, a shortening; see compendium.]

com·pen′di·ous·ly adv.
Usage Note: Traditionally, something that is compendious contains all the essentials in a handy format. It is therefore both comprehensive and concise. This inherent tension—to be comprehensive, it must include abundant detail, yet to be concise, it must be somehow condensed—opens the word up to varied interpretations. Sometimes it is used where expansive, extensive, or even capacious might be a better fit. The Usage Panel dislikes these usages, perhaps because they fly in the face of the word's etymology. In our 2005 survey, 64 percent rejected the sentence Although the investigators gave compendious details on what went on inside the prison, they only told part of the story. Similarly, 66 percent found unacceptable A good journalist needs a compendious memory. But the fact that a third of the Panel accepted these sentences suggests that there is some confusion about the word even among well-educated writers. The traditional use itself did not gain more than 65 percent of the Panel's acceptance in compendious handbooks that provide a greater wealth of information than most students will ever have the opportunity to enjoy, where the emphasis falls on the comprehensive rather than the concise. And when the word is used as a synonym of succinct, a majority of the Panel rejects it. Some 58 percent found unacceptable the sentence The report would have been more admirably compendious if the editors had cut it by fifty pages. So in many cases it might be best to avoid compendious and choose another word.
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) containing or stating the essentials of a subject in a concise form; succinct
comˈpendiously adv
comˈpendiousness n
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(kəmˈpɛn di əs)

containing the substance of a subject, esp. an extensive one, in a concise form; succinct.
[1350–1400; < Latin]
com•pen′di•ous•ly, adv.
com•pen′di•ous•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.compendious - briefly giving the gist of something; "a short and compendious book"; "a compact style is brief and pithy"; "succinct comparisons"; "a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"
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Marked by or consisting of few words that are carefully chosen:
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[kəmˈpendɪəs] ADJcompendioso
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The damsels wear nothing but flowers and their compendious gala tunics; and when they plume themselves for the dance, they look like a band of olive-coloured Sylphides on the point of taking wing.
I'll get a crucible, and into it, and dissolve myself down to one small, compendious vertebra.
It will be my aim to remove the obstacles from your progress in as compendious a manner as it can be done, without sacrificing utility to despatch.
It was a sort of hand-book for women with grievances (and all women had them), a sort of compendious theory and practice of feminine free morality.
Pullet entered crying, as a compendious mode, at all times, of expressing what were her views of life in general, and what, in brief, were the opinions she held concerning the particular case before her.
This title refers to itself as a "compendious" reference guide, and that is correct.
From the use of biplanes in China to supporting the Second Nicaraguan Campaign in 1927 to F/A-18s dropping ordinance in the Persian Gulf War, the Marine Corps' airpower has come a long way, and the compendious collection of these stories and analyses in 176 pages rewards the time investment.
Merriam-Webster is the modern incarnation of a 187-year-old company that first published Noah Webster's A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language.
al-Khw?rizm?, who wrote a treatise entitled "Kitab al-Jabr I-Mugabala," or "The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing." His revolutionary insights into a mathematics based on numbers rather than shapes (geometry in the Greek tradition) transformed how scholars approached arithmetic and paved the way for modern mathematics.
The compendious, full timbres form ever more thickening clouds of fatefulness, with the flow now and then broken by an intense pizzicato or cluster.
Klossner's compendious volume is an impressive text and will undoubtedly prove a valuable resource for scholars of historical film.
The topics include letters of Isho'yahb III of Adiabene to the Qataris, the preface to Mar Shem'un's Law Book by an anonymous monk from Beth Qatraye, Dadisho 'Qatraya's Compendious Commentary on the Pardise of the Egyptian Fathers in Garshuni, and two discourse of the Fifth Part of Isaac the Syrian's writings.