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

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Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot Photo: Amazon/Everett Collection Those two sentences suggest the filmmaker’s gift for concision, and not just in dialogue, though many passages evoke worlds in a few pungent words. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Cold War’ Review: Love Under Siege," 20 Dec. 2018 These conversations have been edited for clarity and concision. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Campaigns Are Like Marathons—It’s Better to Run One With a Friend," 18 Sep. 2018 Drawing from modernists such as Igor Stravinsky, Mr. Knussen developed a highly individual style that seemed to emphasize concision above all else. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Oliver Knussen, influential composer of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ opera, dies at 66," 12 July 2018 Martine Reid’s life of Sand is a miracle of concision and evenhandedness. Benita Eisler, WSJ, "‘George Sand’ Review: Monstre Sacré," 8 June 2018 The conversation has been edited for clarity and concision. Christopher Shea, Vox, "Many feminists find Philip Roth’s work off-putting. Elaine Showalter thinks he’s a titan.," 25 May 2018 As the movements progressed, however, his true strategy became more evident as the inexorable movement toward consolidation of energy and excitement gave us an intense second movement, a mercurial scherzo, and a finale of rare drive and concision. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra keeps the flame burning as 'The Prometheus Project' continues (review)," 14 May 2018 The two pictures have much in common: crystalline black-and-white camerawork, a boxy aspect ratio, bursts of jazz music and an exacting sense of narrative concision. Justin Chang,, "Cannes: Passion and politics merge in the exquisite doomed romances of 'Ash Is Purest White,' 'Cold War'," 13 May 2018 Her usual melodic generosity is on display, but with more concision and consistency than ever before. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jessica Risker sharpens her sweet songs on a hazy new album," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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