Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

incisive

play
adjective in·ci·sive \in-ˈsī-siv\

Simple Definition of incisive

  • : very clear and direct : able to explain difficult ideas clearly and confidently

Full Definition of incisive

  1. :  impressively direct and decisive (as in manner or presentation) <an incisive analysis> <an incisive unsentimental writer>

in·ci·sive·ly adverb
in·ci·sive·ness noun

Examples of incisive

  1. She's known for her incisive mind and quick wit.



Circa 1834

First Known Use of incisive

circa 1834

Rhymes with incisive


Medical Dictionary

incisive

play
adjective in·ci·sive \in-ˈsī-siv\

Medical Definition of incisive

  1. :  incisal; also :  of, relating to, or situated near the incisors




Learn More about incisive


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up incisive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet kittly-benders pince-nez spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ