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Definition of "conspectus" [con•spec•tus]

  • A general survey of a subject. (noun)
  • A synopsis. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "conspectus" in a sentence
  • "There is no place in this conspectus for the person as such, for those who live as individuals humble to God, haughty to man 'scorning the bounds of a predetermined estate, vindicating the glory of person as person."
  • "Michael C. Witte Jim Holt, who takes in so much about the history and philosophy of joke-telling in his concise and amiable conspectus of the subject, "Stop Me If You've Heard This," does not mention the effect of the Internet on joke-telling, but that's about his only omission."
  • "To make matters worse, he's come up with a blindingly obvious and brilliant wheeze for both generating lots of interesting copy and also providing what amounts to a grand conspectus of the entire open source business scene: an emailed survey of top CEOs there."