Definition of conspectus in English:


Line breaks: con|spec¦tus
Pronunciation: /kənˈspɛktəs


A summary or overview of a subject: new recordings containing five of his works give a rich conspectus of his art
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  • It forms a fascinating conspectus of a modern saga, the return of the Jews, after inconceivable sufferings, to their ancient homeland.
  • These two historians provide an excellent conspectus on the development of manufacturing industry in Argentina up till the mid-1970s.
  • But to these were added a widening conspectus of secular factual and imaginative literature, that led to the emergence of relatively new forms of publication such as the newspaper, the journal, and the novel.


mid 19th century: from Latin, past participle (used as a noun) of conspicere 'look at attentively'.

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