con·​ci·​sion | \ kən-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce concision (audio) \

Definition of concision

1 archaic : a cutting up or off
2 : the quality or state of being concise

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Examples of concision in a Sentence

the essay is a marvel of concision and clarity
Recent Examples on the Web The inscription, with its double entendre and pungent specificity (were the horn-tooting habits of the train engineers really so distinct?) has a poetic concision that goes beyond the scope of images. Washington Post, "First the New Yorker profiled Romare Bearden. Then the artist and activist decided to tell his own story, in pictures.," 9 Oct. 2019 Note: This interview has been edited for concision and clarity. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How This Researcher Invented an Entirely New—and Entirely Badass—Field of Science," 20 Dec. 2019 In a string of multimillion-selling albums from 1978 to 1988, Ocasek and the Cars merged a vision of dangerous and romantic night life and the concision of new wave with the sonic depth and ingenuity of radio-friendly rock. Jon Pareles,, "Ric Ocasek, frontman for the Cars rock band, dies," 15 Sep. 2019 Outlining the process with concision and clarity, the film lends credence to its argument by interviewing former Republican strategists who have put patriotism over party., "Newburyport Documentary Film Festival," 12 Sep. 2019 The intimacy carries over to the small-combo songs, jewels of melody and concision brimming with emotional gut punches. Greg Kot,, "Greg Kot picks his top 10 albums of the year so far," 26 June 2019 For the past several years, Chicago singer-pianist Patricia Barber has been honing a song cycle of remarkable concision and expressive power. Howard Reich,, "Reviews: Patricia Barber explores 'Higher' at Green Mill; premieres from Grant Park Orchestra," 16 June 2019 For production duties, she's enlisted a grab bag of producers, but even Mirwais, who helped keep her career going on Music and Confessions on a Dancefloor, can’t rekindle any of those albums’ sense of fun or poppy concision. Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Madonna's Cringe-Worthy 'Madame X'," 14 June 2019 Smith manages to pack so much story and layer such rich characters into this generous but disciplined narrative because of his rare gift for poetic concision. Alexander C. Kafka, Washington Post, "An irresistible tale of early cinema makes for perfect summer reading," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of concision

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concision

Middle English, from Latin concision-, concisio, from concidere

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10 Jan 2020

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“Concision.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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