Definition of concise
- a concise report
- a concise definition
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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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".
First Known Use: circa 1590See Words from the same year
: using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information
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