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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His later work, written in prose, mixing realistic and fantastic elements, is made up of little stories full of poetry that tend to be as concise and tightly structured as verse. Charles Simic, chicagotribune.com, "Charles Simic reflects on what set James Tate’s late poetry apart," 17 July 2019 His later work, written in prose, mixing realistic and fantastic elements, is made up of little stories full of poetry that tend to be as concise and tightly structured as verse. Charles Simic, Washington Post, "Charles Simic reflects on what set James Tate’s late poetry apart," 12 July 2019 Keep your vows to a maximum of 2-3 minutes, and don't be afraid to write down your thoughts to keep your vows concise and focused. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know to Write Your Own Wedding Vows," 5 June 2019 Writing clear, concise and accurate briefs for film-makers. The Economist, "Job listing: Data researcher for Economist Films," 25 June 2019 Terry Eagleton offers a concise and playful primer in Humour (Yale University Press, $24), tracing this slipperiest of concepts from Aristotle and Hobbes through contemporary thinkers such as Simon Critchley and Susan Purdie. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 May 2019 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

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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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