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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The accompanying quick-start guide had clear, concise information on which type of rack or pan was needed for each function. Allen Foster,, "De’Longhi Air Fry Convection Oven review: Can this countertop oven replace multiple kitchen appliances?," 26 Oct. 2020 Public health experts know that clear, concise and accurate information is the foundation of an effective response to an outbreak of infectious disease. Sheryl Gay Stolberg And Noah Weiland, Star Tribune, "Study finds 'single largest driver' of coronavirus misinformation is Trump," 30 Sep. 2020 The Gilmore Girls pilot, which premiered on the WB on October 5, 2000, is a concise marvel of storytelling, getting across reams of information in 45 minutes — and not just because the characters talk at warp speed. Anne Cohen,, "She Directed The Gilmore Girls Pilot & Now & Then: How Lesli Linka Glatter Changed Girlhood Forever," 5 Oct. 2020 The idea was that these short episodes would be like chapters in a book, allowing people to briefly tune in and get concise but complete pieces of content. NBC News, "A look at why Quibi failed so soon after launching," 22 Oct. 2020 Gameplan installs were clear and concise, and at the end of the week, to help his QBs unwind, Sheridan would cap their last position meeting with a cut-up of every NFL touchdown scored the previous week. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "How IU's Nick Sheridan became Big Ten's youngest coordinator: 'If you're good enough, you're old enough.'," 16 Oct. 2020 The thinking behind this new cooperative venture is to develop stronger, clearer and concise emergency notifications. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Cities of Deer Park, La Porte honored for emergency network," 16 Oct. 2020 Which of those concise statements is worthy of your boos? Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Kansas City fans told on themselves by booing NFL’s moment of unity," 11 Sep. 2020 Keep questions as concise as possible, ideally about 10-15 seconds. The Oregonian/oregonlive Politics Team, oregonlive, "What would you ask Portland’s candidates for mayor?," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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20 Nov 2020

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“Concise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of concise

: using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information


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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