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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The Merc’s Jon Wilner’s concise and comprehensive survey of the Pac-12. oregonlive, "Forget style points or margin of victory, the OSU Beavers just need to win: Issues & Answers," 14 Sep. 2019 In order to streamline, try to keep meetings as concise and small as possible, choosing only those who truly need to be involved and a date and time that everyone can attend. NBC News, "25 time-saving hacks that will add hours back to your week," 12 Aug. 2019 To those of us who would like our language to be a bit more concise than a dog’s bark, a phobia is an irrational fear. James Lileks, National Review, "Girth Dearth," 11 July 2019 Their labor results in Kole delivering a much more concise version of the song on stage. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'Songland' Recap: Did Meghan Trainor Just Find Her Next Smash?," 26 June 2019 Later, Concacaf president Victor Montagliani was more concise. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "World Cup or Gold Cup? U.S. Soccer Fans Have to Pick a Lane," 19 June 2019 The discussion about pests and diseases is clear and concise. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "Garden book review: ’Crops in Tight Spots’," 9 Sep. 2019 On paper, these developments seem like concessions, but the album that resulted is clear and concise. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Brockhampton Grows Up," 2 Sep. 2019 Clear and concise expectations and a stable daily routine help KJ and Kedia to be at their best. Boys & Girls Aid / Community Content Partner, oregonlive.com, "Korderro, 6, and Kedia, 5, seek a family that loves swimming, gymnastics, big smiles: A Home of Their Own," 17 Aug. 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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