concise

adjective
con·cise | \kən-ˈsīs \

Definition of concise 

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

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Other Words from concise

concisely adverb
conciseness noun

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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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At only eight tracks, Woponese is a concise artistic statement, more of a thesis from Wopo than an introduction. Will Schube, Billboard, "Jimmy Wopo Would've Been Next Up in Pittsburgh's Burgeoning Rap Scene," 20 June 2018 In a recent article by Free Press higher education reporter David Jesse, many of the reforms people are suggesting were laid out in a clear and concise manner. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Cain: John Engler must set the course for Michigan State University," 27 May 2018 Speaking to The Washington Post last week, a senior administration official offered a concise version of President Trump's ideal national-security strategy. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump and the rest of the world offer little hope for Syrian refugees," 18 Apr. 2018 There was just simple statement from LeBron’s agency Sunday night that was direct, concise and so otherwise vanilla the only people squirming were English teachers due to a grammatical faux pas. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: LeBron's decision changes L.A., East ... and Heat hopes," 2 July 2018 Any of the final three songs could have been cut to make the album more concise and the message a bit clearer. refinery29.com, "On Christina Aguilera's New Album, Control Is Liberation," 15 June 2018 That deep-dyed patriotism now finds perhaps its most natural form in THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION (Listening Library, 4 Hours, 16 minutes), Khan’s concise and lucid middle-grade primer. Louis Bayard, New York Times, "Audiobooks for Summer Trips With the Kids," 28 May 2018 Such considerations create a concise closure zone, mostly limited to the view visible from the nest. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "We're Overprotecting Birds at the Expense of Climbers," 12 July 2018 Lessons include learning to be literal in descriptions, to give concise feedback, and to avoid asking open-ended questions. Dinah Eng, Fortune, "Where Autistic Workers Thrive," 24 June 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of concise

: using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information

concise

adjective
con·cise | \kən-ˈsīs \

Kids Definition of concise

: expressing much in few words a concise description

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