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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Recent Examples on the Web Philbin, a deputy White House counsel, largely gave concise and sober answers to the senators’ queries. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Alan Dershowitz to Senators: L’Etat, C’est Trump," 30 Jan. 2020 This 10-part online course dives into the essential production software — from After Effects to Premiere Pro — to help you understand how to take raw video files and turn them into a concise and compelling visual story. NBC News, "This videography training course bundle is down to $30," 8 Jan. 2020 On the other side, Canadian elections were held in a much more concise and civil process that began 40 days ago and ended with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau winning a second term last week. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "What every Michigander needs to know about Canada, Justin Trudeau," 2 Nov. 2019 None of the four pieces of advice will work without a clear and concise goal in mind and the ability to communicate that aspiration. Fortune, "5 Tips for Women Who Want A Corporate Board Seat," 11 Dec. 2019 Mieder’s working definition of a proverb is: a concise statement of an apparent truth which has currency. Washington Post, "Collection of premier proverb scholar opens at UVM," 15 Sep. 2019 Hal Mumme, Lorenzen’s coach for his first few years at Kentucky captured Jared perfectly in one concise statement. Luke Feliciano,, "Remembering Jared Lorenzen: Kentucky Sports Radio holds tribute show at Highlands High School," 11 July 2019 More: 10-year-old wins science fair by claiming Patriots QB Tom Brady is a cheater Editor of Paediatrics & Child Health Joan Robinson said the fact that Nora Keegan's study was clear and concise, coupled with its originality, led her to accept it. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "13-year-old girl gets study published: Do hand dryers hurt kids' ears?," 3 July 2019 The writing is concise, sharp, and delightfully hilarious. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Delight of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Emmy Wins," 23 Sep. 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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The first known use of concise was circa 1590

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“Concise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of concise

: using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information


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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