concise

adjective
con·​cise | \ kən-ˈsīs \

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 concise and very casual nature of the conversation is often used in contrast to the tone of the scene or what is being said. Michael Moore, The Verge, "The Haunted Island: a Frog Detective Game is a farcical tale of ghosts, vacations to Indonesia, and overzealous dental care," 23 Dec. 2018 For an emcee with such a robust catalog of music, moving away from nearly hour-long albums and to something more concise is a welcome move step toward quality control. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned from Nas' New Kanye-Produced Album 'Nasir'," 15 June 2018 Six by Ten is composed of 14 concise, chapter-length narratives, which each shine a light on a different aspect of the US prison system’s darkest corners. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 According to a screenshot obtained by TVInsider, Eric shut down the rumors of an exit in one concise response. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is Eric Christian Olsen Leaving 'NCIS: Los Angeles?'," 16 Dec. 2018 The answers also have to be 300 characters or less, so users have to keep their responses brief and concise. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Amazon Alexa is beta testing crowdsourced answers," 6 Dec. 2018 But when asked about the idea of attaining any of those hurlers, Dipoto’s response was concise. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Mariners and Jerry Dipoto seem stuck with this starting rotation after lack of options at the trade deadline," 20 Aug. 2018 At only eight tracks, Woponese is a concise artistic statement, more of a thesis from Wopo than an introduction. Will Schube, Billboard, "Jimmy Wopo Would've Been Next Up in Pittsburgh's Burgeoning Rap Scene," 20 June 2018 In a recent article by Free Press higher education reporter David Jesse, many of the reforms people are suggesting were laid out in a clear and concise manner. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Cain: John Engler must set the course for Michigan State University," 27 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of concise

: expressing much in few words a concise description

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