con·​cise | \ kən-ˈsīs How to pronounce concise (audio) \

Essential Meaning of concise

: using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information a clear and concise account of the accident a concise summary a concise definition

Full Definition of concise

: marked by brevity of expression or statement : free from all elaboration and superfluous detail a concise report a concise definition

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Other Words from concise

concisely adverb
conciseness 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

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Many students think that adding unnecessary sentences with long words will make their writing more impressive. But in fact almost every reader values concision, since concise writing is usually easier to read, better thought out, and better organized—that is, simply better writing. Words such as short don't have the full meaning of concise, which usually means not just "brief" but "packed with information".

Examples of concise in a Sentence

That is as clean and concise a summation of a profound and complicated truth as I have come across … — David Noonan, Newsweek, 10 Nov. 2008 Frye's wit was concise and dry, his erudition compendious. — Robert M. Adams, New York Times Book Review, 31 Mar. 1991 "I am glad, Mrs. Butler," was the neighbour's concise answer. — Sir Walter Scott, The Heart of Midlothian, 1818 a clear and concise account of the accident a concise article on violence in the media that manages to say more than most books on the subject
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Recent Examples on the Web Having clear and concise records lends itself to put things in order and grow a successful business in all aspects, including bookkeeping, tax preparation and financial audits. Ingrid Vanderveldt, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 But the 440-page report is hard to digest; what’s always been missing is a concise version. Andrew Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 Clear, concise communication may elude you, so remain alert for mix-ups. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 9 July 2021 This lattermost claim is central to the book, a short volume with concise chapters that move through the details of his methodology and findings. Washington Post, 25 June 2021 But the grandeur of these bylines is offset by a curatorial playfulness—the selections are often radically concise, at times almost to the point of absurdity. Alejandro Chacoff, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Wise says that establishing a clear, concise, and reassuring communication channel was essential to that. Anne Quito, Quartz, 17 Aug. 2021 Lawyers — never a friend to clear, concise language — have a hand in drafting the documents. Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Be clear and concise, and don’t cross the line of propriety during discussions. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of concise

circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concise

Latin concisus, from past participle of concidere to cut up, from com- + caedere to cut, strike

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“Concise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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con·​cise | \ kən-ˈsīs How to pronounce concise (audio) \

Kids Definition of concise

: expressing much in few words a concise description

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