concise

adjective
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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But the justices themselves aren’t always so concise. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "We charted the ideological lines along which each Supreme Court justice voted," 3 July 2019 Communicate well virtually: Your writing (be it in email, text, or slack) is appropriate for the platform, easy to read, concise, and quickly digestible. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "How to Climb the Corporate Ladder—No Matter Your Company," 1 July 2019 Springsteen’s writing here is masterfully concise, sharply observed, and self-aware. Ken Capobianco, BostonGlobe.com, "On ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce Springsteen still singing for the lonely," 12 June 2019 The first styles debuted on Co’s site (quietly!) earlier this week: a concise selection of bucket bags, slim totes, and cross-bodies, all in luxe Italian leather or canvas. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Co is Bringing its Vision of Practical Luxury to a New Line of Handbags," 21 June 2019 In the last year and a half, So Many Thoughts has evolved from entertaining commentary to include informed, concise deep dives into the strategy and messaging behind styling choices. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Elizabeth Holmes's "So Many Thoughts" Instagram Series About the Royal Family Is Becoming a Book," 18 June 2019 All the best mission statements are concise enough to fit on a T-shirt and bold enough to be hung in block letters on the wall at the team’s training facility. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Nobody ran harder in pursuit of Broncos’ excellence than franchise owner Pat Bowlen," 14 June 2019 Here’s a good, concise summary: Democracies, in contrast, are vulnerable to information attacks that turn common political knowledge into contested political knowledge. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 The technology looks at color, style, and patterns for a more concise idea of what consumers want. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Female-Founded Tech Brand Is Changing the Way We Shop," 28 Feb. 2019

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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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concise

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of concise

: using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information

concise

adjective
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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