con·​cise kən-ˈsīs How to pronounce concise (audio)
: marked by brevity of expression or statement : free from all elaboration and superfluous detail
a concise report
a concise definition
concisely adverb
conciseness noun

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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".

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

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of concise was circa 1590

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“Concise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​cise kən-ˈsīs How to pronounce concise (audio)
: being brief and to the point
a concise summary
concisely adverb
conciseness noun

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