con·​ci·​sion kən-ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce concision (audio)
archaic : a cutting up or off
: the quality or state of being concise

Examples of concision in a Sentence

the essay is a marvel of concision and clarity
Recent Examples on the Web This interview was edited lightly for concision and clarity. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Dec. 2023 This interview has been edited for concision and clarity. Laura Zornosa, Time, 23 June 2023 By Hannah Giorgis Designing a Super Bowl halftime performance is, in many ways, an exercise in sacrificial concision: Artists must whittle decades of songs into a crowd-friendly, roughly 13-minute reprieve from athletics and multimillion-dollar commercials. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 12 Feb. 2024 This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and concision. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 6 Sep. 2023 Inside scientific circles, however, binomial nomenclature still rules the day, lending concision and clarity to fields ranging from molecular biology to evolutionary ecology. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2023 This interview has been edited for clarity and concision. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 8 June 2023 Note: This interview has been edited for concision and clarity. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 8 June 2023 Now, as in the 1960s, Starr’s drumming remains a marvel of taste and concision. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2023

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Word History


Middle English concisioun "slaughter, mutilation," borrowed from Latin concīsiōn-, concīsiō "dividing up (of words into clauses)" (Late Latin also, "cutting to pieces, mutilation"), from concīdere "to cut up, break up, slaughter, chop to pieces" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at concise

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of concision was in the 14th century

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“Concision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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