succinct

adjective
suc·​cinct | \(ˌ)sək-ˈsiŋ(k)t, sə-ˈsiŋ(k)t \

Definition of succinct 

1 archaic

a : being girded

b : close-fitting

2 : marked by compact precise expression without wasted words a succinct description

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Other Words from succinct

succinctly \ (ˌ)sək-​ˈsiŋ(k)t-​lē , -​ˈsiŋ-​klē, sə-​ \ adverb
succinctness \ (ˌ)sək-​ˈsiŋt-​nəs , -​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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Former Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer was more succinct about New York's new facility. Doug Feinberg, courant.com, "Some WNBA Teams Downsizing Arenas To Help Bottom Line," 9 July 2018 But even so, other creative rolls are surprisingly — even shockingly — succinct. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 With witty, succinct titles and shrewd pruning, Shaw greatly simplified the plot, making it almost follow-able if no more sensible. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "A little operatic help for newspapers: ‘La Gazzetta’ couldn't be better timed," 30 June 2018 It’s harder to come up with succinct, sharp takedowns of Charlotte’s outfits. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Talking to the Women Behind the Most Popular Sex and the City Fashion Instagram Account," 30 May 2018 Throughout, Owens did what few drummer/conceptualizers choose to do, keeping his contributions and that of his instrumental colleagues succinct, understated and deferential to the vocalists. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "'Songs of Freedom' digs into bracing music of the 1960s," 7 Apr. 2018 Information can be imparted in succinct form and those who are not involved can ignore the messages and get on with their work. The Economist, "Tortured by meetings," 28 June 2018 Following her swearing in, Williams thanked her colleagues for the honor and spelled out her priorities in four succinct sentences. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Thelda Williams officially takes over as Phoenix mayor," 11 June 2018 Speaking while driving from rehearsal in New York City and with a packed schedule for Pride Month, Rippon is typically succinct in his answers -- never curt, just to the point. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon to headline Mercury's Pride Night," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of succinct

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of succinct

: using few words to state or express an idea

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