con·​cise | \ kən-ˈsīs How to pronounce concise (audio) \

Essential Meaning of concise

: using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information a clear and concise account of the accident a concise summary a concise definition

Full Definition of concise

: marked by brevity of expression or statement : free from all elaboration and superfluous detail a concise report a concise definition

Other Words from concise

concisely adverb
conciseness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for concise

concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative. a concise description terse implies pointed conciseness. a terse reply succinct implies the greatest possible compression. a succinct letter of resignation laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious. an aloof and laconic stranger summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation. a summary listing of the year's main events pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance. a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment. a compendious dictionary

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Many students think that adding unnecessary sentences with long words will make their writing more impressive. But in fact almost every reader values concision, since concise writing is usually easier to read, better thought out, and better organized—that is, simply better writing. Words such as short don't have the full meaning of concise, which usually means not just "brief" but "packed with information".

Examples of concise in a Sentence

That is as clean and concise a summation of a profound and complicated truth as I have come across … — David Noonan, Newsweek, 10 Nov. 2008 Frye's wit was concise and dry, his erudition compendious. — Robert M. Adams, New York Times Book Review, 31 Mar. 1991 "I am glad, Mrs. Butler," was the neighbour's concise answer. — Sir Walter Scott, The Heart of Midlothian, 1818 a clear and concise account of the accident a concise article on violence in the media that manages to say more than most books on the subject
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Recent Examples on the Web The evidence was overwhelming – Weaver now had a clear and concise theory of the crime. CBS News, 13 Nov. 2021 This should be concise, transparent and easy to understand, while also being positive and reassuring. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 And perhaps best of all, the fiercely original Coel, giving a stunning (and concise!) speech about writing. Jocelyn Noveck, Chron, 20 Sep. 2021 Eyman crafts a smart history of one of Hollywood’s biggest and most innovative studios in this concise book published under the Turner Classic Movies imprint. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2021 Your responsibilities would be presented in a concise paragraph format. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, oregonlive, 5 Nov. 2021 Give relatively short, concise on-topic answers to direct questions. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Malihi said the organization is seeking to bring youth into the political conversation by providing them with factual, concise information., 3 Nov. 2021 In his third year as Cowboys offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore has developed the most creative play calls of his career, his most concise delivery of them in real time and his most effective game-planning relationship with Prescott. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of concise

circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concise

Latin concisus, from past participle of concidere to cut up, from com- + caedere to cut, strike

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The first known use of concise was circa 1590

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“Concise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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con·​cise | \ kən-ˈsīs How to pronounce concise (audio) \

Kids Definition of concise

: expressing much in few words a concise description

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