succinct

adjective
suc·​cinct | \ (ˌ)sək-ˈsiŋ(k)t How to pronounce succinct (audio) , sə-ˈsiŋ(k)t How to pronounce succinct (audio) \

Definition of succinct

1 : marked by compact precise expression without wasted words a succinct description
2 archaic
a : being girded
b : close-fitting

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Other Words from succinct

succinctly \ (ˌ)sək-​ˈsiŋ(k)t-​lē How to pronounce succinctly (audio) , -​ˈsiŋ-​klē , sə-​ \ adverb
succinctness \ (ˌ)sək-​ˈsiŋt-​nəs How to pronounce succinctness (audio) , -​ˈsiŋk-​nəs , sə-​ \ 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

A Succinct History of Succinct

The history of "succinct" might not be short, but it's a cinch to remember. "Succinct" traces to the Latin verb succingere ("to gird about"), which comes from "cingere" ("to gird"), the word that gave us "cincture" and "cinch." The earliest uses of succinct meant "confined" or "girded up," and, as such, it was often used in reference to garments encircled by a band. Eventually, "succinct" was extended to the realm of insects, where it meant "supported by a band of silk around the middle" (as in "the succinct pupa of a butterfly"). Later, the word was applied to writings. A "succinct" piece of writing is "compressed" or "compact" and uses as few words as possible.

Examples of succinct in a Sentence

Other experts are in the business of selling their research. Alan Greenspan made his reputation and career as a partner of Townsend-Greenspan, whose clients were a who's who of old Wall Street. Successful research firms can command substantial fees, and buyers demand clear, succinct and unequivocal analysis and predictions. — Zachary Karabell, Newsweek, 9 Mar. 2009 As Esther Benbassa recounts in her dry but impressively succinct and informative history, they arrived in the Roman province of Gaul in the first centuries of the common era, and soon found themselves trod underfoot by the ascendant Christian church. — David A. Bell, New Republic, 28 Feb. 2000 In his first work of popular science, English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking proves himself to be a master of vivid clarity. His title, " A Brief History of Time," is understated even by British standards; in 198 pages Hawking manages no less than a succinct history of cosmology, a concise explanation of general relativity and its intersection with quantum mechanics … — Richard Rhodes, Chicago Tribune, 27 Mar. 1988 He gave a succinct overview of the expansion project. a pocket guide that provides succinct explanations for rules of grammar and punctuation
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Recent Examples on the Web The Googleplex offered a tight and succinct 30-minute debut of new products on Wednesday. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The case for a virtual commute when working from home," 1 Oct. 2020 This is arguably the most benign and succinct confrontation, but let it be known that these tiny tears might fester. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Real Housewives of New York City Taught Me Everything I Know About Confrontation," 26 Sep. 2020 And so, after reviewing the game, Cousins kept his second summation of his performance succinct. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Cousins: 'The urgency's there' to solve Vikings' offensive problems," 23 Sep. 2020 That's an accurate, succinct summation, and the first half of the film takes the time to flesh things out and set up some interesting dynamics. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Netflix debuts two solid German offerings with Biohackers and Freaks," 19 Sep. 2020 That banner will be succinct: STEAL THIS SIGN, ASTROS. Los Angeles Times, "Banners scheduled to fly over Dodger Stadium to have direct message: ASTROS CHEATED," 12 Sep. 2020 Tiffany Trump is not the most prominent or politically adept of the President’s children, but her speech at the Republican National Convention last week served as a succinct summation of the event’s key messages. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Republicans’ Conspiratorial Convention," 30 Aug. 2020 Frontier Airlines Frontier's policy is clear and succinct: Passengers and employees are all required to wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth for the entirety of their travel experience. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Delta, Southwest, Spirit and More Airlines are Handling Face Masks," 28 Aug. 2020 At a 1954 press conference, Eisenhower gave what is probably the most succinct statement of his philosophy and perspective. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "When the Republican Party Was Sane," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of succinct

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for succinct

Middle English, from Latin succinctus having one's clothes gathered up by a belt, tightly wrapped, concise, from sub- + cinctus, past participle of cingere to gird — more at cincture

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“Succinct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succinct. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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succinct

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of succinct

: using few words to state or express an idea

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