Definition of concise
: marked by brevity of expression or statement : free from all elaboration and superfluous detail a concise report a concise definition
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
Recent Examples of concise from the Web
The new Daily keeps the Monitor up to date with these trends while offering a concise read and transparency about our news choices.
Michael Bonfiglio, the film’s director, provides a concise overview of the issues.
This song, lifted from Muddy Waters and dusted with a swinging slide hook, was a rollicking-yet-concise addition to a set list that, particularly in the band's early days, would extend reflexively.
Submissions of excessive length can and will be published, but concise, articulate thoughts are appreciated.
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Did You Know?
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".
Origin and Etymology of concise
Latin concisus, from past participle of concidere to cut up, from com- + caedere to cut, strike
First Known Use: circa 1590See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of concise
CONCISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of concise for English Language Learners
: using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information
CONCISE Defined for Kids
Definition of concise for Students
: expressing much in few words a concise description
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