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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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References in classic literature ?
Farebrother on the possible histories of creatures that converse compendiously with their antennae, and for aught we know may hold reformed parliaments; when suddenly some inarticulate little sounds were heard which called everybody's attention.
If he refuses to listen to the lecture and goes on the war path, then, unpleasantly for me, I assure you, I shall be compelled to thrash him and his village, first: and, next, I shall triple the fine he must pay and lecture the law into him a trifle more compendiously."
You would send them to Africa, out of your sight and smell, and then send a missionary or two to do up all the self-denial of elevating them compendiously. Isn't that it?"
The compensatory values which emerge in advanced civilisations are the values of what we compendiously refer to as 'culture'.
(33.) Bacon, in The Advancement of Learning, compares natural philosophy to mining: "If then it be true that Democritus said, 'That the truth of nature lieth hid in certain deep mines and caves;' and if it be true likewise that the alchemists do so much inculcate, that Vulcan is a second nature, and imitateth that dexterously and compendiously, which nature worketh by ambages and length of time, it were good to divide natural philosophy into the mine and the furnace, and to make two professions or occupations of natural philosophers--some to be pioneers and some smiths; some to dig, and some to refine and hammer.
Finding the principles and preconditions of the Concept of Human Dignity recurrently implemented in the recent evolutionary process of preventative healthcare structure establishment in German health policy, has prompted us to apply this concept onto each of the five eminent prevention policy examples, compendiously analyzing and evaluating them on grounds of human dignity (see Table 3).
As he put it: "The persistent particles of mathematical physics I regard as logical constructions, symbolic fictions enabling us to express compendiously very complicated assemblages of facts." (34)
May State Parliaments maintain and even extend criminal prohibitions on the possession and use of certain drugs, but not those used mainly by middle-class, middle-aged people--or are the Courts, by enforcing those prohibitions, engaging in work that is not only counterproductive, and indeed harmful, but also a distortion of the purposes for which the criminal law exists (which may be said compendiously to be the avoidance of harm to others) (93) and thus the infliction of a legislative policy on the Courts that is incompatible with their institutional integrity?
From a profession charged with such responsibilities there must be exacted those qualities of truth-speaking, of a high sense of honor, of granite discretion, of the strictest observance of fiduciary responsibility, that have, throughout the centuries, been compendiously described as 'moral character.' (86) 5.
The measurement of TPX and TAC has been currently effectively used to characterize both sides of OxS compendiously, including several conditions not related to infections or inflammation, for example, white-coat hypertension [24] and major depression [25].
With this central purpose--which this article will compendiously refer to as the "public's right to know" (62)--in mind, we can pro- ceed to design a viable framework for the protection of press freedom that appropriately recognizes this freedom's status in the constitutional order.