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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Twitter, in its imposed brevity, seems to affirm the aphorism’s original meaning: be intelligently succinct! Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Art of Aphorism," 15 July 2019 Visibly delighted by her Mugler moment, Hadid praised the designer on social media, summing up her feelings with a succinct shout out. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Meets Her Match in Vintage Mugler," 14 June 2019 To call Ida an artistic reckoning with this personal trauma would be a gross understatement; the film’s stunningly succinct eighty-two minutes seem to encompass and transmute all of Polish history. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 To pair is a succinct but tasty cocktail menu and varied wine and beer offerings. al.com, "This Lake Martin restaurant has an ever-changing menu," 3 July 2019 Hence, the Warriors’ general manager kept his answers succinct on questions pertaining to free agency. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ Bob Myers to meet with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson to discuss future," 24 June 2019 In a succinct tweet, Twitter user @a_big_skeleton unearthed one of the series’ greatest mysteries. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner Is Likely the Reason for That Accidental "Game of Thrones" Coffee Cup Scene," 9 May 2019 The Navier-Stokes equations capture in a few succinct terms one of the most ubiquitous features of the physical world: the flow of fluids. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations," 21 Dec. 2017 The end result, pruned into its most succinct form, is loaded with intention. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The TV Is Too Damn Long," 9 June 2019

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of succinct

: using few words to state or express an idea

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